Driving support for express train

A petition for people to sign to make train stop

TOWN CRYING FOR FAST TRAIN ACCESS: Euroa’s town crier James Carter is behind a petition to have the XPT from Sydney stop in Euroa. PHOTO: Caroline Keenan

EUROA’S town crier James Carter has thrown his voice behind a new push to have the XPT rail service between Melbourne and Sydney stop at Euroa.

Mr Carter has set up a petition he would like residents to sign, which will be delivered to the first-ever member for Euroa after this month’s state election.

He said it’s not acceptable that Euroa residents were forced to drive to either Seymour or Benalla to catch the train.

“It’s a 50km trip each way, which makes it a 100km round trip and that’s a lot of money in fuel,” Mr Carter said.

He argued the average distance between stops on the XPT along its length was around 50km, with the train stropping in NSW at centres much smaller than Euroa.

“In Victoria it stops in Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour. It’s only logical to stop at Euroa because it is 103km between Seymour and Benalla,” he said.

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