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New policy for commuting and freight on Gippsland rail
New policy for Gippsland rail users.
To continue to advance the investment required to bring our rail network up to date, One Gippsland has created a dedicated Gippsland Rail Policy Paper. This paper was prepared with the expert advice of GHD. The paper outlines the investment required on the Gippsland Line over the next 10 years (in two tranches). This investment pipeline has been created noting the Andrew's government's policy on the Suburban Rail Loop.
The new policy will improve both public transport access and freight networks is a critical economic enabler to facilitate sustainable growth in the Gippsland region
One Gippsland, as a peak regional advocacy body representing Gippsland has developed this paper to highlight the importance of and challenges with rail and freight connectivity in Gippsland. Issues with reliability, speed and accessibility are impacting the Gippsland Rail Line, which is evidenced by the following:
- Commuter travel: currently only 1% of people are travelling to work via train, despite 17% of the Gippsland population working outside the region
- Freight: freight trains currently compete for access with passenger services impacting reliability, accessibility and efficiency of freight services
Demand for rail travel has been accelerated by COVID-19 which has seen a mass exodus of metro residents moving to regional Australia. Improving both public transport access and freight networks is a critical economic enabler to facilitate sustainable growth in the Gippsland region.
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