RAIL REVIVAL ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES MAJOR POLICY INITIATIVE FOR STATE ELECTION
Ballarat would become the centre of a major country passenger train hub if the parties accept the advice from Victoria’s Rail Revival Alliance.
Standard Gauge passenger trains would service Mildura, Horsham, Hamilton/Portland, Maryborough and Geelong and would be all based in Ballarat.
The Ballarat Standard Gauge Passenger Hub
When the Murray Basin standardisation is completed, only two lines out on Ballarat will be Broad Gauge, the Maryborough and the Ararat Lines. These would need to be standardised.
The most important immediate issue is the design and construction of a long distance Velocity trains that can service these routes. The Rail Revival Alliance want to see the end of the old locomotive pulled N Class trains and for them to be replaced with modern Velocity rolling stock. Modification would have to be made for a food service on these units. These train could also be used to replace the aged rolling stock on the service to the North east into Albury. This is the only other standard gauge passenger service in Victoria and is suffering badly from out of date rolling stock.
To cope with the influx of Standard Gauge rolling stock, a new or expanded maintenance facility would need to be constructed in Ballarat to service the new trains.
Ballarat would become the portal for all passenger rail movements to the North and West of the State. Get the trains right, get the tracks right and get the maintenance right for this project and the major cities of Northern and Western Victoria will have their passenger services returned to them.
The Rail Revival Alliance is calling on support from the major parties in the forthcoming election Labor, Liberal and National parties should all come behind this proposal and make it a non-partisan policy to extend over the life on the new parliament.