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09
Mar

EVENING MELB-SHEPP TRAIN DEPARTURE TIME HEAVILY CRITICISED

Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell is continuing to remind the Victorian Government of the Shepparton district community’s dissatisfaction with the Melbourne to Shepparton last weekday train departure time.
In parliament this week, Ms Lovell criticised the Victorian Labor Government over the illogical timetable for the weekday evening Melbourne-Shepparton rail services.
“The government made much fanfare of the new V/Line timetable it released earlier this year, claiming it was delivering an additional 4.31pm service to Shepparton,” Ms Lovell said.
“In reality this was nothing more than a smoke and mirrors ‘announcement’, as we already had a 4.31pm service that was a train to Seymour and then a bus to Shepparton.”
Ms Lovell said the replacement of the bus with a train is welcome but resulted in the loss of a 6.22pm Melbourne-Shepparton train service, with many Shepparton line passengers being inconvenienced by the change that has meant the only evening service to Shepparton now departs Melbourne at 7.08pm.
“People who work in Melbourne have complained to me that it is not practical for them to be able to leave work in time to catch the 4.31pm service, but a 7.08pm departure means they do not arrive in Shepparton until almost 10pm,” Ms Lovell said.
“This makes for a very long day, especially if they have had to catch the 5.15am train down to Melbourne in the morning – as this is the only service that arrives in Melbourne before 9am.”
Ms Lovell said that, prior to this timetable change, there was a Melbourne-Shepparton service that departed at the more sensible time of 6.22pm, but said this service now terminates at Seymour.
“Commuters have been and will continue to be disadvantaged by the removal of the Seymour-Shepparton leg of this service, so I have called on the Minister to reinstate this so that Shepparton line passengers can return home at a more reasonable hour.”

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