Only Crispy and a Liberal Nationals Government will return passenger rail to Mildura
Only The Nationals will return passenger trains to Mildura, with the city-centric Andrews Labor Government confirming it still has no intention of matching the commitment.
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp has announced the Liberal Nationals’ visionary plan to bring back trains to Mildura. Passenger services will be returned to Mildura by an elected Liberal Nationals Government, with safety upgrades to level crossings and extended passing loops addressed as a priority.
Premier for Melbourne Daniel Andrews is playing catch up with his ‘farce rail’ plan announced for Geelong and Ballarat this week, which also confirms Mildura will miss out entirely if Labor is re-elected.
“This is another slap in the face to people in Mildura and north-west Victoria,” Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said.
“Daniel Andrews has consistently ignored our communities for four years, and is capping that off with a final insult in the form of leaving us out of his half-baked rail announcement.
“Better regional rail isn’t about picking winners and losers – all regional rail passengers deserve to benefit from slashed travel times, and that’s what The Nationals in government will deliver.”
The Nationals in state and federal government have succeeded in upgrading the Mildura rail line, securing $440 million for the Murray Basin Rail Project. Despite this project being funded when the Andrews Government was elected in 2014, Labor has botched it, failing to deliver it on time or on budget.
If elected to government this November, the Liberal Nationals will invest a further $80 million into the Mildura line to make the level crossings safe and to extend passing loops, meaning passenger services can be returned to Mildura and our communities along the Mildura line.
“We understand the work that needs to be done to get passenger trains back to Mildura, and we have a clear, bold plan to get it done,” Mr Crisp said.
“We are also investing in a high speed train at Ballarat that will make connections with Melbourne faster than ever.