All V/Line Trains Now Back On Track

All V/Line Trains Now Back On Track

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Bendigo Metro Begins And All V/Line Services Back On Track

Victor P Taffa

Bendigo Metro has begun, more peak hour services have started and every V/Line service is back on the tracks.

“This is a significant moment in the history of Bendigo the start of a dedicated train network for this growing regional centre.” Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said.

“Every service is back on the tracks, we’ve restored the funding to V/Line and we’ve set out a long-term plan for better public transport in regional Victoria, we’re getting it done.”

The extra services will mean trains more often when they are needed most and space for 440 extra passengers on the Bendigo line every day.

Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, today joined Member for Bendigo West and Chair of the Community Consultative Taskforce, Maree Edwards, to celebrate the huge boost to Bendigo services.

From today, two new peak services will run on the Bendigo line, a 7:00 am service from Epsom and a 4:02 pm service from Southern Cross.

They will be bolstered by the first stage of Bendigo Metro a dedicated train system for one of Melbourne’s biggest regional centres.

“It’s not just about getting people to and from Bendigo any more, it’s about enabling people to move within our wonderful city, that’s why Bendigo Metro is so important.” Chair of the Bendigo Metro Community Consultative Taskforce and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said.

“More than 2.5 Million trips were taken on the Bendigo line last year, a jump of more than 160,000. We need to run more trains and to carry more passengers and those services start today.”

It will deliver 10 extra weekday services to Epsom Railway Station, an extra evening service to Eaglehawk and all weekday trains between Bendigo and Melbourne will also now stop at Kangaroo Flat.

 

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The start of these extra services coincides with the restoration of the V/Line train timetable and funding, after the former Liberal and National Government cut $120 Million from the regional operator.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $198 Million to rebuild V/Line, so it is ready to deliver 170 extra services and the long-term improvements set out in the Regional Network Development Plan.

Bendigo passengers will also now have access to real time bus service information, meaning passengers will know when buses will arrive, even if something unexpected happens.