Long-term vision needed

March 15, 2018

The recent Coalition announcement of a bucket of money to replace the ancient V/Line fleet is welcome news. But a more visionary commitment is needed to future-proof service efficiency on the Shepparton/Seymour line.

Passenger comfort and train reliability might be improved with new rolling stock, but without more frequent services, overcrowding on peak commuter trains can only continue unabated given current and predicted population growth along the corridor.

Increasing service frequency will likely demand an upgrade to track and signal infrastructure to allow trains to run closer together. Think also track duplication from Dysart over the Goulburn River to avoid potential delays.

Then there’s the metropolitan bottleneck at Craigieburn/Broadmeadows.

Shepparton/Seymour line trains are locked into a window in the MetroTrains timetable that slows the journey. For an efficient service the Seymour line needs a Regional Rail Link equivalent to give V/Line greater running flexibility.

Historically, spending on Victorian passenger rail has been piecemeal. What is again missing in the commitment of both contenders for government is a long-term vision to spend money well now so that future Shepparton/Seymour train travellers have a reliable, fast and efficient service capable of meeting future demands.

— Darryl McInerney,


Playing politics

After reading last week’s letters to the editor, it seems we have a communications problem with a letter from Jaclyn Symes to Steph Ryan with no response.

The fact is we all know the track is dodgy. As far as the Federal Government delivering money to the state, maybe they are having second thoughts after the way the Andrews government has handled the purse recently. It is a wonder the state is not begging on the street.

I often wonder why parties cannot work together for the good of the people. After all Jaclyn, once your role was senior legal and justice adviser to the now leader Premier Daniels Andrews. Many play politics in strange ways.

— Graham Palmer,


Go Eagles

As an enthusiastic bunch of ‘‘Grandies’’, who follow junior sport (football, netball, swimming and cricket), we were disappointed to find no report of Seymour and District Cricket Association under-14 grand final in the last two weeks of The Telegraph.

Considering these ‘Eastern Hill Eagles’ won the premiership for the first time in 12 years, it was certainly worth a line or two in the newspaper.

These young players will be filling the senior ranks of the club in future years. Acknowledgement of their achievements through publication of club and team results is only fitting.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches and dedicated helpers who supported the team throughout the season to a premiership. A job well done. Go Eagles.

— M.A. Gardner,


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