Coalition to introduce extra daily Maryborough line train
- $178.1 million to improve Victoria’s long distance V/Line train frequencies
- Extra daily return Maryborough train under a re-elected Coalition Government
- 79 extra long-distance V/Line train trips around Victoria
A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will introduce an extra daily return train between Ballarat and Maryborough, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.
Mr Ryan, who was joined in Maryborough by The Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner, said this announcement was great news for Maryborough and the region.
“The Victorian Coalition Government wants to double V/Line’s long distance train patronage within 20 years,” Mr Ryan said.
“Commencing in 2016-17, the Coalition will introduce an additional 79 weekly V/Line trips on eight long distance country rail lines – Albury, Ararat, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, as well as Maryborough.”
Mr Ryan said the initiative would see the 9:08am train from Southern Cross to Ballarat on Mondays to Saturdays (9:28am on Sundays) extended to Maryborough, arriving at Maryborough at 11:40am and 12 noon respectively.
“On the return, the train will commence from Maryborough at 1:10pm on weekdays, 1:35pm on Saturdays and 3:15pm on Sundays and provide a convenient afternoon train to Ballarat, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Southern Cross,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Turner welcomed the announcement and said the extra train would be a further boost to Creswick, Clunes and Talbot.
“The more travel options that these towns have by public transport the better,” Mr Turner said.
“Locals prefer trains to coaches, so I am very optimistic that residents of historic towns like Clunes and Talbot will support the new return daily Maryborough line train by purchasing tickets and boarding the smooth, sleek V/Line VLocity railcars that will make two return trips a day instead of just one,” Mr Turner said.
Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley said the tourism industry in Maryborough would gain from the extra Maryborough line trains.
“V/Line already has an extensive network of trains and coaches from Southern Cross via Ballarat or Castlemaine to Maryborough. The extra daily train is proof positive that under a Victorian Coalition Government, Maryborough is advancing further as a rural city that attracts many visitors,” Ms Staley said.