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Lovell highlights more problems for Shepparton rail passengers

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has again slammed the standard of the passenger rail service between Shepparton and Melbourne, relaying another poor experience for a constituent travelling from Southern Cross Station to Shepparton.

Earlier this month the constituent boarded the 12.52pm train at Southern Cross Station to Shepparton, only to find the heater in his carriage operating at a very high temperature, making the carriage unbearably hot. The high fan of the heater caused the emitting of dust that all passengers were forced to breathe in. The dust, combined with the high temperatures caused many passengers, including my constituent to feel quite ill.

When the constituent asked if the heater could be turned down, a conductor informed him that the temperature on the heater could not be changed and that there was nothing that could be done.

In her constituency question to the Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne, Ms Lovell sought a guarantee from the Minister that the heaters in carriages of trains travelling between Shepparton and Melbourne are thoroughly cleaned and in proper working order for the health and comfort of Shepparton rail commuters.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“Once again the Labor Government are treating Shepparton rail passengers like second class citizens by forcing them to travel on substandard trains services compared to the new, modern trains provided for passengers on the Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong lines.

“Labor continuously talk about the work they do in transport infrastructure yet here we have a situation where Shepparton rail passengers are forced to breathe in dust from dirty carriage heaters.

“The Minister needs to provide a guarantee that heaters in carriages on the Shepparton line work properly and are regularly cleaned for the comfort of Shepparton rail passengers.’



Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240

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