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It is either or all of these government departments, Vic Track, Infrastructure Victoria of Department of Public Transport with the endorsement and approval of the Minister for Public Transport, to stealth fully remove track on the Castlemaine to Maryborough Line.
Track has been removed at the 171 km post on the eastern end of Carisbrook near the rail crossing on the Carisbrook to Maldon road.
The progressive and underhanded removal of the track indicates that the line will be removed and made into a rail trail, losing the capacity to utilise the line to Link the regional centres of Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Ballarat and Geelong.
In this day and age of the resurgence in rail , it is both appalling and pathetic that conductors on Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong V/locity trains announce at Footscray Station to change trains for these regional centres, when a rail link already exists . But because of political and bureaucratic incompetence, indifference, intransigence and lack of courage, the rail link between Bendigo and Geelong remains truncated , degraded, closed and abandoned.
Daniel (City centric big ticket item spender) Andrews appears to have lost the idea that it is the simpler more effective and subtle aspects of providing connectivity through direct rail passenger and freight rail links to these centres through the Bendigo to Geelong rail link that will have a major impact on these regional centre's economies.
Simplistic and subtle but pertinently beneficial and effective for regional and country Victorians would be;
The Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan's pronouncements of the Andrews Government achievements and successes at every media opportunity have begun to sound hollow, shallow and unconvincing, when you consider what should be being achieved for regional and country rail commuters.
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