Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she is pleased to see improved connectivity for Victoria’s North-East communities will be considered as part of the planning for an airport rail link.
Ms Sheed pressed the Government during Question Time on Tuesday to explain how the Shepparton District electorate and its northern neighbours would benefit from the $5b investment in a train line from Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne’s CBD.
“An airport rail link has been talked about for a long time but so much has changed in terms of population centres and growth planning since the concept was first put on the table and it’s important that key regional cities such as Shepparton are taken into account when decisions are made,” Ms Sheed said.
“I asked the Government to consider how we could take advantage of the $356.5m we have already secured for the Shepparton Train Line and it was very pleasing to hear directly from the Minister for Public Transport that a key part of the airport link development would look at how our community can be provided with an easy and fast connection to the airport.
“Construction on the airport rail link won’t get underway for several years, but given our train line is being overhauled to enable nine return VLocity services a day by 2021, we need to be having these conversations now to ensure the future needs of our community remain on the Government’s agenda.”
Ms Sheed said she would seek further information from the Government on the project’s implications for regional Victoria and continue to advocate for the best outcome for Shepparton District residents.
A full response from the Minister for Public Transport can be found on Hansard at http://hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au
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