MP calls for action on overcrowded trains

THERE is pressure on the state government to reveal what it plans to do about crowded carriages on Warrnambool’s train line. 

Western Victoria upper house MP Gayle Tierney told Parliament on Wednesday passengers were struggling to book tickets for the “worst serviced V/Line service in the state”. 

“Demand for this service has increased exponentially in recent times, to the point where commuters now have to book a week in advance to ensure a seat on the train, as the patronage far outnumbers the capacity of the service,” Ms Tierney told Parliament. 

“A young Colac mother and her two children were left stranded a few weeks back when they tried to book seats on the Friday lunchtime train from Colac to Melbourne only to find the service was booked out.” Ms Tierney said the mother had to make a reservation three days earlier. 

Warrnambool City Council is spearheading calls for two extra services to be added daily. Mayor Michael Neoh said earlier this week he was disappointed by the lack of focus on regional public transport in the state budget. 

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