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27
Feb

VIC GOVT CRITICISED OVER LACK OF TRAIN AIR-CON ON 37 DEGREE DAY

Shepparton rail passengers continue to get the short end of the straw, and Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Victorian Labor Government to make a significant investment in improved rail infrastructure and services in the 2017-18 State Budget.
During recent extreme weather, which saw the mercury reach 37 degrees, the trains that service the Shepparton line experienced equipment breakdowns, including of air-conditioners.
“Earlier this month, during some of the hottest weather of the summer, multiple Shepparton line trains failed passengers,” Ms Lovell said.
“On a single day, all three of the afternoon/evening services were not up to scratch.
“The 12.52pm service had electrical problems, including of air-conditioning, and had to be stopped for urgent maintenance.
“The 4.31pm service had an entire carriage out of action for poorly-timed maintenance – which resulted in overcrowding so significant that a pregnant woman had to sit on the floor.
“And the 7.08pm service had an air-conditioner break down, so V/Line staff had to disrupt passengers, evacuate one of the carriages due to heat, and relocate the commuters into remaining carriages.”
Ms Lovell said it is unacceptable that the Andrews Labor Government could allow the Shepparton line passengers to continue to languish in poor quality rail stock, and asked the government to commit to new rolling stock so that passengers can enjoy the same basic comforts that passengers from many other regional centres, and their city counterparts, get to enjoy.
Ms Lovell also pushed the government to commit funding for improved rail infrastructure and services to be included in the 2017-18 State Budget, including to provide new carriages, extra tracks, passing loops, train stabling and signalling upgrades.

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