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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  • Jessie Dean
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-09 08:08:47 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Jessie Dean
    signed 2016-08-09 08:08:24 +1000
  • Michael Thorn
    signed 2016-08-09 08:06:06 +1000
    Changing trains presents an unnecessary risk to young people traveling to and from Melbourne.

    Their personal safety is at risk while they are waiting for their connection at largely unsupervised stations.
  • Carolyn Cripps
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  • Krys Kent
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 23:50:10 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Eva Burton
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 23:49:58 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • Colin Burton
    signed 2016-08-08 23:49:24 +1000
    Why is it always the ones that travel the furthest affected by state govt the most first our fuel prices now our trains please get out of your office and see who is doing it the toughest. Certainly not the govt!
  • Krys Kent
    signed via 2016-08-08 23:49:16 +1000
  • Jessica Shanahan
    signed via 2016-08-08 23:25:43 +1000
    As a student who comes from Bairnsdale and currently lives in melbourne for university and is too poor to buy myself a car and uses the train on weekends this would simply destroy my chance to travel home to see my family!
  • Lyn Crawford
    signed via 2016-08-08 23:13:00 +1000
  • Robert De Wet
    signed 2016-08-08 23:12:38 +1000
  • Jason Lowe
    signed via 2016-08-08 22:47:24 +1000
    Daniel Andrews is a pile of shit!!!

    They don’t give a shit about the country it’s all about the city. They should be making it easier for everyone not harder. They also should put the myki down to Bairnsdale and not stop it at traralgon. We should be improving our public transport.
  • Georgia Parker
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-08 22:45:01 +1000
    A Melbourne train should go to Melbourne, why does the Gippsland regional line get substandard service recommended?
  • sally trickett
    signed 2016-08-08 22:34:48 +1000
  • Dorothy Mashiter
    signed 2016-08-08 22:27:27 +1000
    Dorothy Mashiter