Rail money push ahead of budgets

Simon Ramsay
Simon Ramsay

Two Warrnambool line services had to be replaced by coaches on Thursday as a campaign to fix the service gathered momentum.

A V/Line spokespesron said the 7.20am Melbourne to Warrnambool service was cancelled due to a train fault.

The earlier cancellation had a knock-on effect which meant the 12.03pm Warrnambool to Melbourne service had to be replaced with a coach service. The operator apologised to customers for the inconvenience.

Meanwhile, Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay has joined the call for state and federal governments to work together to improve rail services in the region.

A group of MPs representing the region, federal and state, launched a petition to push for investment in passenger rail as budget time approaches.

Mr Ramsay said the failure to make progress on vital rail projects had been caused by the state and federal governments not talking.

“Until both governments talk about their priorities, we won’t know if anything is really happening,” he said. “Confusion reigns, time passes and opportunities are wasted.”

Mr Ramsay said priorities should include duplication of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, which would allow a fifth daily service to operate from Warrnambool, and an express service from Warrnambool to Melbourne.

Confusion reigns ... and opportunities are wasted.

Simon Ramsay