Alliance sought for a united bid for better train services

ON TRACK: Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa), Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) and Strathbogie Shire councillor Mick Williams (right) hope to form a new alliance to lobby for better train services in the North East. PHOTO: Tara Whitsed

NATIONALS deputy leader Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) and Strathbogie Shire councillor Mick Williams are calling for action on the Albury to Southern Cross rail line.

The pair met with Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) in Benalla last Friday and will convene a meeting of local governments along the rail corridor in August in the hope of forming a new alliance to lobby for better train services.

The purpose of the group will be to draw attention to the issues on Albury to Southern Cross line and involve key community members and shire representatives from towns which are affected.

Ms Ryan told the Euroa Gazette on Friday that it was important to take a united voice to state parliament.

Ms Ryan said commuters had become tired of an apparent lack of willingness to tackle the problem.

“The State Government has put off funding the investment of the North East corridor by announcing a review,” she said.

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