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Victorian Labor will deliver three additional train services during the morning peak on the Hurstbridge Line, Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy, announced today.

The additional peak services will be delivered by adding two new services onto the line, one originating at Eltham and one originating at Hurstbridge. Labor will also shift one service currently starting from Greensborough back to Eltham.

To date the Napthine Government has not added the required trains to the Hurstbridge Line even though Labor, when in government, made a significant investment of $60 million for stabling and signalling works on the line.

Quotes attributable to Ms Hennessy:

“Only Labor is committed to delivering extra train services for Hurstbridge Line commuters after nearly four years of neglect by the Napthine Government.”

“The Napthine Government is obsessed with headline items and spending millions of dollars on advertising propaganda, whilst neglecting the services that Hurstbridge line commuters use every single day.”

Quotes attributable to Anthony Carbines. Labor Member for Ivanhoe:

“Local commuters deserve better than an overcrowded and unreliable public transport system.”

“Commuters in Macleod, Rosanna, Heidelberg and Ivanhoe will welcome Labor’s commit to provide additional morning peak services.”

Key Facts

• Once implemented, the new two hour peak schedule on the Hurstbridge Line will include:
o Six services starting from Hurstbridge
o Six services starting from Eltham
o Other services starting from Greensborough/Macleod that will deliver an overall increase in trains on the line.

Released on August 13, 2014