Just received a political pamplet from one of our parties...
as usual some interesting words and statements to impress the voters, that actually mean very little....
"Upgraded Ararat and Maryborough rail lines"
I assume she means the Avoca line, if so the upgrade is slower than last time it was reopened in 1995.
"Reopened the Murray Basin Rail line to get goods from paddock to port quickly"
I'm sure the punters can look at a map to work out where the Murray Basin Rail line is ?
and I'm with DangerDan on this......it was quicker on the old broad gauge and much quicker in the good ol 80s and
"committed to uplifting the Maryborough line to help return passenger rail to Dunolly"
Strange use of the word 'uplifting'.... (reverse it as lifting-up !)
"Increased freight rail to take more trucks off our roads"
Living beside the main western line, I've only seen less and less trains, not more...
also the current Merbein jumped from a stable 61 wagons down to about 22 wagons overnight....
"Separating freight from passenger rail to pave the way for the return of train services to Dunolly"
so does this mean no freight on the Ballarat to Maryborough section, so it will go the long way via Cressy
which makes a mockery of the, ".... get goods from paddock to port quickly" statement.
And I'm sure every time the punters hear about a return of rail services to Dunolly ( or the Libs return to Donald )
they must wonder where these towns are, then look them up to see they are small towns, and wonder why they are getting
a rail service.
Meanwhile in our dieing town of Stawell....no mention by either party of the Overland funding finishing in March 2019
which might mean the end of our only passenger train. I'm sure they both are hoping no one raises the question.
Our Vline approved station gets almost zero maintenance, huge potholes in the access road took over a year to be
fixed, last time it took 2 years.....it took 9 months to fix our broken station lights, the $$$$ air conditioned
waiting room is back to being closed again....nothing better than sitting in the freezing cold and rain at 6am, or
sweltering in the mid afternoon heat, knowing an air conditioned waiting room is only thru those windows, and thats
after you have walked to the Milk Bar to buy your ticket, but no one cares to get it reopened.....Council or
Politicians...they do not want to know.
The front page headlines from 9 months ago about the private consortium bringing back the Horsham train "tomorrow"
has been forgotten about.....the Politcal parties are now on a 4 year feasibility study first, with a hope of a return
I'm not being Political here, I just love when they make statements that sound impressive, but mean nothing !