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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  • Gary Jay
    signed 2016-08-06 17:47:53 +1000
    Successive governments have ripped the guts out of the Latrobe Valley for the last 30 odd years, leave our bloody cline trains alone.
  • Kylie Di Maria-Smith
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-06 17:47:37 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • flah belle
    signed 2016-08-06 17:40:39 +1000
  • John Hallyburton
    signed 2016-08-06 17:36:33 +1000
    This proposal is absurd. If Gippsland passengers are forced to catch Met trains to and from Pakenham to the Melbourne CBD they would be forced to stand for much of the journey. Why isn’t this proposal put forward for all V/Line routes? Most ridiculous proposal ever made, and someone was probably paid a lot of money to come up with this rubbish.
  • Louise Dalton
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-06 17:31:28 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • louise dalton
    signed 2016-08-06 17:30:35 +1000
  • Alister Dunne
    signed 2016-08-06 17:28:56 +1000
  • Kathryn Bordonaro
    signed 2016-08-06 17:28:31 +1000
  • Helen Fullard
    signed 2016-08-06 17:27:34 +1000
    My daughter already spends 2-3 hours getting to uni then the same to come home. I would be concerned about her getting on and off trains in the dark. Hands off please!!!
  • marie o'brien
    signed 2016-08-06 17:26:19 +1000
    i travel to 2 of my daughters in gippsland and for me to have to change trains at pakenham would be difficult i’m no spring chicken . i catch the geelong train to go home so that would be 3 times i have to change.
  • Lynette Taylor
    signed 2016-08-06 17:21:09 +1000
  • Michelle Turner
    signed 2016-08-06 17:16:33 +1000
    I am originally from Gippsland, and quiet often fly down to Melbourne then catch the shuttle bus to Southern Cross Station to get the trrain to Traralgon. And I’m sure there are many others that do the same thing and there are also quiet a few people that travel on the train from Gippsland to Melbourne for work every day, so this just can’t be happening
  • Lorraine Southon
    signed 2016-08-06 17:12:53 +1000
    plus don’t stop our trains running from the Gippsland area, an WHY should we have to change at Pakenham, its not good at all, leave our service as is
  • Linda Cormack
    signed 2016-08-06 17:11:05 +1000
  • Sue Lobb Johnson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-06 17:09:45 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Sue Lobb Johnson
    signed via 2016-08-06 17:09:27 +1000
  • Rachel Bills
    signed 2016-08-06 17:09:26 +1000
  • Kevin O'Bryan
    signed 2016-08-06 17:09:15 +1000
  • Margaret Denham
    signed 2016-08-06 17:01:05 +1000
    We need that vline..lots of people cant not much parking in the city
  • Tracey Smith
    signed via 2016-08-06 17:00:57 +1000
  • Jenny Tandberg
    signed 2016-08-06 17:00:00 +1000
    Jenny Tandberg
  • Peter Cummings
    signed 2016-08-06 16:59:09 +1000
  • Alice Slamani
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-06 16:56:52 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Alice Slamani
    signed 2016-08-06 16:56:21 +1000
    I am a disabled pensioner who uses public transport to Melbourne for specialist doctors. I also have teenagers who need to travel for education.
  • Graeme Carter
    signed 2016-08-06 16:55:36 +1000
  • Diane Pattinson
    signed 2016-08-06 16:55:33 +1000
  • Shelby Broadbent
    signed 2016-08-06 16:53:54 +1000
  • Rebecca Diepenheim
    signed 2016-08-06 16:51:30 +1000
    Travelling ~3 hours a day is more than enough, without having to add another ~1 hour each day. It’s just not sustainable when holding down a career and working a 40 hr week(plus travel time). Victoria is encouraging growth and moving to rural areas, adding substantial housing estates and now considers slapping us in the face by removing a direct service to and from the CBD? Victorian government need to stop living in the dark ages and invest money in our new growth areas. Leave the Gippsland line alone OR at least add more carriages and services for peak time for our now crowded and popular service!
  • Shelly Nundra
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-06 16:47:27 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Shelly Nundra
    signed 2016-08-06 16:46:57 +1000
    Trains to east Gippsland are vital to keeping our region alive & accessible. It would be morally reprehensible to cut East Gippsland out of Victoria’s regional train networks :(