Have a say on passenger rail services

16 November 2016

One of the biggest studies on passenger rail services between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne is underway and Border and North East residents are urged to get on-board and have their say.

AlburyCity, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla Councils have joined forces to fund the research project which will look at both the existing and potential future demand for rail services, current perceptions of train travel and the social and economic impact of rail on local communities.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack says the project would gather extensive feedback over a four-week period from both existing train travellers and the general community.

"We need to understand the issues and also the opportunities that could flow from a more reliable, timely and effective passenger rail service" Cr Mack said.

"Recommendations from the project will be included in a report to inform future planning and development of infrastructure and services.  It will be used to lobby government and rail authorities for much needed improvements".

The research project will include face-to-face and telephone interviews as well as an online survey which is now open and can be accessed here, or through participating councils' websites.

The four councils are working closely with the Border Rail Action Group which has been advocating for improved passenger rail services between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne for a number of years.

Wodonga Council Mayor Cr Anna Speedie says: "I can't stress how important it is that our communities get behind this project and provide valuable feedback.  I urge everyone to have their say and help ensure the Border and North East has access to a service that it deserves".