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Steph Ryan MP:
VLine Passengers Face More Cancellations as Mercury Rises

A summer of pain for VLine passengers with buses to replace trains on nearly all regional lines today.

By Portal Admin - 8th December 2019 - Back to News

VLine passengers face a summer of pain with buses to replace trains on nearly all regional lines today.

It’s just the second day of hot weather in what’s predicted to be an extremely hot summer and already passengers on trains from Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Echuca, Shepparton and Bairnsdale will be punted onto replacement buses.

The Andrews Labor Government’s lack of investment in our regional rail network means VLine runs buses – not trains – once the mercury reaches 36C.

At a time when climate experts are predicting more extreme weather, including intense heatwaves, the cancellations and delays will only get worse without the right investment to keep the trains running on hot days.

Last summer, VLine passengers faced constant delays and replacement buses on hot days and now history is repeating itself because the Andrews Labor Government refused to fix the problem.

While Labor is refusing to make sure regional Victorians have the reliable, modern rail network we deserve, it’s finding billions to put into its level crossing cost blowouts in Melbourne.

Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne owes the country Victorian train passengers she’s forcing to endure another summer of pain an explanation on what she’s doing to make our regional rail network more resilient.


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