Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the State Government to roll stages two and three of the regional rail revival package as it pertains to Shepparton together and ensure it is completed in 2022.
Costing $43 million, stage one of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade saw the introduction of 29 new coach services per week between Shepparton and Seymour and the addition of 10 extra train services a week between Melbourne and Shepparton.
Stabling works to accommodate the new rail services in Shepparton were also completed.
“I welcome the completion of stage one and note the fifth daily rail service has been well received and patronised by the community,” Ms Sheed said.
The State Government provided an additional $313 million for stage two in last year’s budget, the biggest investment in the corridor to date.
Stage two of the project will include platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations, a crossing loop extension near Murchison east, upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton and stabling to house VLocity trains.
A business case to finalise nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne is also funded as part of stage two which will provide costings for the rollout of stage three.
Stage three includes track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h.
“I fought long and hard to put a better rail service for Shepparton at the forefront of my campaign last term and to see the completion of the promised rollout is essential for the government to maintain its credibility in the Shepparton region,” Ms Sheed said.
“Having witnessed the underfunding and a lack of attention under previous governments, I will be watching this government closely to make sure it delivers on its rail commitments to Shepparton in full.”
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