Survey says region losing $113 million per year

SURVEY RESULT IN: Wodonga council mayor Anna Speedie (left) and Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) have been trying to get better services for the North East train line.

THE region’s four councils will use a study on the North East rail line released yesterday to broker funding within the 2017-18 state and federal budgets.
A Hume Corridor Passenger Rail Study shows that patronage on the North East rail service would more than triple if trains were reliable and ran on time.
There were 385,000 less train trips in 2015-16 than could be achieved due to poor services.
Sub-standard rail services also impacted the region by $113 million, $55.3 million in gross regional product, 487 jobs and $29.8 million in savings over the 12 months.
During the data period up to one in five trains did not meet timetables and 117 train services were cancelled.

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