Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has heard first hand the impact of the V/Line rail crisis on Gippsland commuters, after meeting with a Gippsland council representative.
Ms Allan met with Wellington Shire mayor, and chair of the Gippsland Local Government Network, Darren McCubbin on Thursday to hear community concerns.
With Gippsland the only regional area not operating a regular V/Line timetable, Cr McCubbin said it was important the minister understood the importance of a reliable and regular train service.
“An increasing number of Gippslanders, particularly in growth areas like Warragul, Drouin and the Latrobe Valley, are using the service as a daily commute to work in Melbourne,” Cr McCubbin said.
“Our residents also use the service to access important health, government and leisure services.”
He said Ms Allan confirmed the State Government was on schedule to resolve the level crossing signal issues by mid-March. Ms Allan said VLocity trains would gradually be added back before full service was finally resumed about July.