Government rejects Metro’s Gippsland line proposal
 Baw Baw News   By // 00:47, Friday 3 August 2012

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT will not approve a suggestion from Metro that Gippsland line trains terminate at Pakenham.

No red light for V/Line: The Victorian Government will not support Metro’s proposal to stop Gippsland line trains at Pakenham. Image: Will Kulich.

The metropolitan rail operator has suggested to Public Transport Victoria that Gippsland line services only run to and from Pakenham, with V/Line passengers using Metro trains to reach the city.

Liberal MP for Narracan Gary Blackwood and a spokesperson for Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said Gippslanders have a right to public transport direct to Melbourne.

“Gippsland residents have the right to expect trains to operate to and from Melbourne’s CBD, stopping at major stations along the metropolitan Gippsland line,” Mr Blackwood said.

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“I have been advised that there are investigations underway into the capacity of the Dandenong line, however I would not support a cut to V/Line services in order to improve capacity for Metro customers.”

Member for Morwell Russell Northe and Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull also said they do not support the suggestion.

“The Latrobe Valley community’s views are also clear in their objection to such a concept,” Mr Northe said.

PTV is looking for ways to increase and improve services on the Dandenong line, the most congested in the state, through the Dandenong Rail Capacity Program.

The Dandenong line is part of the Pakenham and Gippsland lines.

The program will seek to overhaul train timetabling over the next two years as part of infrastructure changes to combat rising population and demand in the area.

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