Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
V/Line’s Third Return Albury Line Train Returns 22 April 2012
Victor P Taffa
V/Line plans to return its third daily return Albury line train on 22 April 2012, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Mr. Mulder said this was good news for 155,000 northeast Victorian and NSW Riverina residents from Avenel to Wodonga (Victoria) and Albury northwards.
“The previous Labor Government left Euroa, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Albury without a V/Line train for more than two years from 8 November 2008 until Labor lost office in Victoria in November 2010.” Mr. Mulder said.
V/Line Chief Executive Officer Rob Barnett said that the final train to return to the tracks would depart Southern Cross at 7.10 am and Albury at 12.45 pm daily.
“Travellers overwhelmingly tell V/Line that they prefer trains to coaches. The return of V/Line’s third daily train will encourage residents and visitors to use northeast trains more.” Mr. Barnett said.
Members for Benambra Bill Tilley, Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, Benalla Bill Sykes and Seymour Cindy McLeish were pleased at the trains’ return.
“Northeast Victorians spoke loud and clear about how they wanted their trains back. The Coalition Government is delivering.” Mr. Tilley said.
Mr. Mulder thanked his counterpart The Hon Gladys Berijiklian MP, Minister for Transport (NSW) along with V/Line, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and safety regulators for working together to bring the V/Line trains back.
“I thank the northeast community for its patience. Returning the third V/Line train will provide a total of 1,110 daily seats at V/Line fares in each direction to or from Benalla, Wangaratta and Albury. Each of the three daily V/Line trains has 370 seats. Seats must be reserved by visiting staffed V/Line and larger staffed Metro stations, by calling 13 61 96 or online at www.vline.com.au.” Mr. Mulder said.
“Because of the return of all V/Line trains, the arrangement with Countrylink to provide 12 seats on each Countrylink XPT for Victorian (including Albury) travel at V/Line fares will cease from 22 April.”
“I encourage northeast Victorians to travel on V/Line’s trains. Each train has comfortable seating and a buffet. V/Line’s fares offer good value compared with the cost of driving or flying. The V/Line trains can also accommodate up to 30 bikes as a purpose built van is normally attached to each Albury line V/Line train.” Mr. Mulder said.