Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has met with Public Transport Victoria representatives this week, to discuss the extra Shepparton – Melbourne service, promised in the 2016/2017 Victorian Budget following the release of the Regional Network Development Plan.
It follows a recent meeting of the All Aboard group in Shepparton, where it was decided to ask PTV to assist with consultation to find out people’s timetable preferences for the new service.
“PTV has said it will hold a consultation session at the Shepparton train station in coming weeks.
I would urge residents to keep an eye out for the date, and make sure you have your say on what time you would like the extra weekday and weekend service,” Ms Sheed said.
It comes as Ms Sheed further highlights the electorate’s public transport woes, as a Bill amendment is introduced in Parliament this week, to provide better access to Melbourne’s Olympic Parks complex.
“The complex has some incredible facilities.
“It includes Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena, and if you look at the events it’s hosting – concerts, sporting events, children’s events, events for the families.
“Regional people love to access what Melbourne has to offer, and certainly those in my electorate would love better access.
“Our wider catchment is equal to that of Bendigo, so why are we being left behind when it comes to rail investment?” Ms Sheed said.
“Our All Aboard campaign is asking for investment in infrastructure at Murchison to allow trains to pass.
“We need stabling and security work at the Shepparton Station to allow for the dewatering of trains.
“We need a Protective Services Office at Seymour to ensure the safety of our commuters.
“And Shepparton remains the only major regional centre that lacks the infrastructure to allow for V/Locity trains, which travel at 160km/h,” she said.
“I am confident that when the government invests in these changes, the Shepparton district community will use the train more.
Our city will benefit through increased business, tourism and community well-being, because better public transport facilities will create a two-way opportunity for city and country people to share the best of what they each have,” Ms Sheed said.
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