Trip almost without hitch

TIME FOR ACTION: Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) travelled from Melbourne to Albury on the train line with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester on Monday to allow him to get a feel for the problems passengers of the service have been experiencing. Here they are pictured with Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie (second from left, obscured) and Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) (centre) talking to disgruntled commuters. PHOTO: Leah Tindill

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester took the train from Melbourne to Albury-Wodonga on Monday to experience first-hand some of the issues plaguing the North East line.

“You can read all the reports you like up in Canberra, but the only way to get a real feel for what is going on is to actually come down and take the train,” Mr Chester told The Euroa Gazette.
“It was great to be able to talk to people who were on the train, and who use the service regularly, to get their feedback.”

Mr Chester was invited to travel the line by Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and Nationals’ Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa), who brought the issues of slow trains, and the poor quality and low number of rolling stock dedicated to the line, to the Federal Government’s attention.

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