Save the Gippsland Line



Dear Daniel Andrews,

We the citizens and people of Gippsland do not agree with the recommendation that regional train services be terminated at Pakenham and our vulnerable, disabled and elderly be forced to change trains on their journey to Melbourne. Many of these people are the disadvantaged of our community, often seeking medical assistance & appointments in metropolitan medical centres that are not available in our region.

This change would also affect the bike tourists and young families who would also have difficulty with young children, prams and bikes changing trains to and from crowded metropolitan rail. The Gippsland area is being promoted as a great tourist region with economic benefits and as a way of overcoming the demise of the coal and timber mill industry and continual rail service is a must for this to succeed.

Other frequent users of the system are our people who work in the metropolitan centres and choose to live in the regional and rural areas here for the lifestyle and community opportunities that we have. The current system is unreliable and often runs late, this additional transfer and changeover time will add to the already overly long trip and decrease the reliability of the transport system to them, not to mention the additional time needed to be added to the start of the trip, getting up earlier, the changes in timetables that will be required etc.

We understand that the cost of upgrading the metropolitan system is a burden, but can Gippsland at least have the same standard as the other Victorian regions, that our Melbourne trains actually go to Melbourne, as they now do.

The Federal Minister for Infrastructure who is a resident here has promised his support in working with the state government to help sort the congestion problem.

We ask that you do not accept this part of the report from the citizens jury on face value and seek further consultation with the impacted communities and federal counterparts as you work towards an upgrading of the lines to at least the standard that the other Victorian Regions rail systems already have.


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  • Terry Fulton
    signed 2016-08-08 11:49:06 +1000
    Mr Andrews I understand that our Public Transport System is a laughing stock but i voted for you on the understanding that you would work for the people of Victoria and improve all Public Systems. Gippslands V-line train service would be out of date and a disgrace even if this year was 1916!

    Our trains don’t even run for weeks at a time and we are expected to be happy with a second rate bus coach system in lieu.

    If you expect to be voted in as Premier again then I suggest you get your act to-gether. You could start by putting in place a dedicated rail line from Bairnsdale to Southern Cross station and forget the BS of changing trains from V-line to metro services at Pakenham….remember this year is 2016!
  • Patricia Coulthard
    signed 2016-08-08 11:46:02 +1000
  • Jye Kaestner
    signed 2016-08-08 11:43:47 +1000
    I swear to God if they ruin the trains anymore
  • Jacinta Trapnell
    signed 2016-08-08 11:40:49 +1000
    The Gippsland v-line really needs it’s own line, similar to that of Bacchus Marsh, to significantly reduce travel times of regional passengers.
  • Domenic Germano
    signed 2016-08-08 11:39:30 +1000
  • Melissa Chappell
    signed 2016-08-08 11:36:40 +1000
  • Brittany O'Connell
    signed via 2016-08-08 11:36:00 +1000
  • Emily Saxton
    signed 2016-08-08 11:35:18 +1000
  • David Moore
    signed 2016-08-08 11:34:45 +1000
  • Vicki Hardy
    signed 2016-08-08 11:32:43 +1000
  • Amie Mcdonald
    signed 2016-08-08 11:28:11 +1000
  • Tayla Lansdown
    signed via 2016-08-08 11:27:30 +1000
  • Leann Edwards
    signed 2016-08-08 11:23:22 +1000
  • Dante Brown
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 11:22:47 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Dante Brown
    signed via 2016-08-08 11:22:25 +1000
    As a teenager I find it extremely hard to find my own way up to Melbourne to visit my brothers if my parents don’t come without the Gippsland line to Melbourne.
  • Daniel Mounsey
    signed 2016-08-08 11:18:48 +1000
  • Bernice Snell
    signed 2016-08-08 11:12:46 +1000
  • Jenny McMillan
    signed 2016-08-08 11:10:28 +1000
  • Belinda Mckay
    signed 2016-08-08 11:09:27 +1000
  • Caroline Bell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 11:04:37 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Caroline Bell
    signed 2016-08-08 11:04:21 +1000
    My elderly disabled parents rely on the train to take them to St Vincent’s hospital. They are unable to get in a bus. Please reconsider.
  • Marianne Robinson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 11:02:50 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Marianne Robinson
    signed 2016-08-08 11:02:11 +1000
    It is silly to suggest that terminating the Gippsland service at Pakenham would result in an improved service for people from Gippsland. We don’t just use the train to travel to the eastern suburbs. People travel from Gippsland to other parts of Victoria, interstate and overseas. All other train (and regional bus services) start at Southern Cross station. Having to use metro trains to connect to these would make connections even more difficult than they are now.
  • Gwen Brien
    signed 2016-08-08 10:58:46 +1000
    I hope he listens to this. We all know Victoria ends at Melbourne.
  • Josh Best
    signed via 2016-08-08 10:55:43 +1000
  • Cara-Jayne Annells
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 10:54:47 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Rod Hasthorpe
    signed 2016-08-08 10:54:28 +1000
  • Theresa Wright
    signed 2016-08-08 10:52:56 +1000
    I am one of those who have frequently have to travel to (and around) Melbourne for medical reasons – often while unwell/mobility impaired, with an elderly escort, and luggage. It is hard enough traveling to Melbourne under these circumstances as it is – I’d hate for this trip to become more daunting and time-consuming.
  • Amanda Kellett
    signed 2016-08-08 10:49:04 +1000
  • Patrick O'doherty
    signed 2016-08-08 10:48:52 +1000