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A group of local politicians have banded together to call on the state and federal governments to put more into Geelong's under-performing passenger rail services.
Six Liberal MPs from across the region have launched an online petition calling for more funding for the Geelong-Warnambool train line. They're also demanding additional peak services between Geelong and Melbourne.
The petition has been kicked off by Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos, Memberfor South-West Coast Roma Britnell, Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay and Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan.
They say the $3.65 million Regional Rail Link has turned out to be only a short-term fix which is already almost at capacity. The group is accusing the Victorian Labor government of failing to deliver a business case or feasability study for the duplication of the line from Geelong to Warrnambool despiute receiving $1 million from the Federal government. But they say dedicated Commonwealth funding would assist the state in planning for vital rail upgrades.
The petition can be found at http://www.fighting-for-better-rail.com.au.
This article first appeared on www.bay939.com.au
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