Federal rail investment highlights Labors lack of interest in regional infrastructure

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has welcomed the Federal Liberal Government’s $208 million investment in the Warrnambool rail line.

Ms Britnell while the Andrews Labor Government was focused on pumping millions of dollars into infrastructure that will only benefit those living in the city – it was the Federal Liberal Government which was investing in regional areas the state government had forgotten.

“What this shows is it’s the Federal Government who are listening, who are investing in projects across the whole state, not just on tunnels and level crossings in Melbourne,” she said.

“Dan Tehan and I speak regularly, and the rail line is always towards the top of our list – I’m so pleased that the Federal Government has listened to the community and has made this much needed commitment.

“It will mean a safer, smoother and more reliable trip for south-west passengers and allow for modern, fast V/Locity trains to run on the line for the first time.”

Ms Britnell said this funding was on top of $130 million the Federal Government has already committed to the first stage upgrade of the line.

“The Federal Government is funding the lions share of the upgrade of the Warrnambool line, a state government asset,” she said.

“It again shows that Daniel Andrews and the Labor Government are absent in regional Victoria and particularly in South West Coast.

“Daniel Andrews is acting like the Premier for Melbourne and is forgetting there is life beyond the tram tracks.

“Thankfully we have a Federal Government that understands the need to unlock the regions and invest in critical infrastructure that will not only support the economy but make regional areas more accessible and livable.”

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