Britnell urges State Government to end political games on rail funding

Media Release
10 May 2017

Britnell urges State Government to end political games on rail funding

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has urged the State Labor government to end the games and sit down with the federal government and negotiate funding for the Warrnambool rail line.

Mrs Britnell said the time for game playing was over and both sides must sit down and negotiate a deal for the benefit of south-west passengers.

“The good news is both the state and federal governments have recognised there is investment needed in our rail line,” Mrs Britnell said.

“But what we have seen is the state government announce a plan, without having money in the bank, and then sent the bill to Canberra.

“The state have produced no business case, there is no detail. It’s a plan scribbled on the back of an envelope.

“The people of the south-west have made it very clear they aren’t happy with the current state of the rail service. We deserve better than the political games that are being played.”

Mrs Britnell said it was time for Premier Daniel Andrews to sit down and discuss the issue with federal treasurer Scott Morrison – rather than making demands in front of TV cameras.

“Sit down, negotiate and work together to deliver the upgrades passengers on the Warrnambool line are demanding,” she said.