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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  • Andrew George
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-07 09:14:35 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Andrew George
    signed 2016-08-07 09:13:58 +1000
    The line should be duplicated so country services aren’t held up and passengers don’t have to change trains. If this area is being promoted through tourism, this would help greatly. Imagine an international or interstate tourist having to switch at Pakenham, then missing their flight or connecting train at Southern Cross, due to overcrowded Met trains. Not a good look!
  • David Mitchell
    signed via 2016-08-07 09:11:28 +1000
  • Jennifer Earles
    signed 2016-08-07 09:05:55 +1000
    This is crazy, don’t rural communities mater !
  • Debbie Slattery
    signed 2016-08-07 09:05:36 +1000
    We use this service a lot from moe to melb and it would be devastating for my family and I to have to use the bus first and change and foremost there is nothing better than train rides
  • Jenny Lawson
    signed 2016-08-07 09:03:24 +1000
    Jenny lawson
  • Ann McGown
    signed 2016-08-07 08:58:06 +1000
    Please don’t add extra time to the regional Victorians who need to travel by train to the City. Many are sick and travelling to doctors appointments

    There must be a better solution for these people.

    Ann McGown
  • Tracy Bertoli
    signed 2016-08-07 08:55:30 +1000
  • Maria Gass
    signed 2016-08-07 08:55:22 +1000
    I often travel to Melbourne with baggage & to stop this service at Packenham for me would be horrible. How do I go to storing my baggage on a Metro train & then have to always keep an eye on it so as it doesn’t get stolen. I do my travel from Moe to Southern Cross Station, change to the Ballarat line to get off at Melton, this would make things more difficult for me & I don’t like taking my car all the time.
  • Richelle Rowed
    signed via 2016-08-07 08:53:03 +1000
  • James Mitchell
    signed 2016-08-07 08:38:11 +1000
    If they take the railway are the roads going to be in proved.
  • Sharon Jessup
    signed via 2016-08-07 08:33:40 +1000
  • John VanderWerff
    signed 2016-08-07 08:31:03 +1000
    No nice things to say….. so I won’t say anything!
  • Sandra Johnston
    signed 2016-08-07 08:31:02 +1000
    The trains to and from Gippsland are imperative, particularly as an ageing population rely on public transport to the city for sport, medical appointments and to the airport. All Victorians deserve public transport to the capital city, in particular to eliminate the ni,beer of vehicles on the road at amy one time.
  • Tom Doig
    signed 2016-08-07 08:19:26 +1000
    Tom Doig
  • Charmaine Wilson
    signed via 2016-08-07 08:12:19 +1000
  • David Koopmans
    signed 2016-08-07 08:09:02 +1000
    It takes almost 2 hours from Warragul to the cbd..100 kms.. You can’t add more time to that.
  • Kelly Lanigan
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-07 07:57:42 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Katrina Chatfield
    signed 2016-08-07 07:56:56 +1000
  • Sam Aquilina
    signed 2016-08-07 07:44:25 +1000
  • Lyn Meli
    signed 2016-08-07 07:33:34 +1000
  • Kade Marshall
    signed 2016-08-07 07:21:19 +1000
  • Helen Fannin
    signed 2016-08-07 06:58:17 +1000
    I use this line to go home to Gippsland. Mum and dad live in Moe and also use this line for Mums various and ongoing apts with specialists in Melbourne.. My father being too old to drive her/ causes him terrible anxiety.
  • Michele Goss
    signed 2016-08-07 06:17:32 +1000
  • Mark Pace
    signed 2016-08-07 03:16:55 +1000
  • Anthony Bennett
    signed 2016-08-07 01:43:10 +1000
    What a joke. Why don’t you come travel 4 hours a day to and from work and see what it’s like
  • Lee-Ann Evans
    signed 2016-08-07 01:26:33 +1000
  • E. K. Bryer
    signed via 2016-08-07 01:25:39 +1000
  • Shaun Cooper
    signed 2016-08-07 00:31:41 +1000
    The fact this is even been considered is an absolute disgrace.

    If you had any understanding of the impact this would have on the already bursting at the seems metro network, it wouldn’t even be up for discussion.

    Get a clue, for crying out loud!!
  • Anne Derham
    signed via 2016-08-06 23:55:35 +1000
    This is a mean and inefficient thing to do. The trains are already full and given that most already will have to chang e at either S. Yarr, Richmond, Flinder, the least they can do it run thru to the end of the line. Like a normal train does.