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Friday, 16 October 2015 08:24

Peak body reaffirms commitment to more passenger rail services

The region's peak advocacy body has reaffirmed its commitment to having more passenger rail services between Geelong and Warrnambool.

The Great South Coast Group has refuted claims from a Geelong-based public transport lobby group that a fourth shuttle service between Warrnambol and Geelong should not happen.

Great South Coast Chair Colin Ryan said Great South Coast residents deserved better public transport options, reaffirming his group's intention to continue to lobby for five daily services in the longer-term.

"Our ultimate goal is to have five train services, with connecting coach services to the west, every day.

"A fourth train service with a fifth bus service is an interim measure, in our view. But it is something that could be implemented relatively simply and our understanding is that it would be virtually cost-neutral."

The Great South Coast Group, which advocates on issues impacting the south west from the Otways in the east to the South Australian border, has identified improved passenger rail as a regional priority.

"Better train services will open up new opportunities for people who want commute or travel for study, business or pleasure within the region and to Geelong and Melbourne."

The Great South Coast Group has recently challenged all candidates for the October 31 by-elections in South West Coast and Polwarth to publicly declare their positions in relation to Great South Coast regional priorities, including passenger rail.

Cr Ryan said the group would be publicising the results of the survey in the coming days.

Media Contacts:
Karen Foster, Mobile: 0407 312 836.


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