It's a different ball game now:I think it's more or less impossible now because of the 80km/h speed restriction along the entire length of the (now standard gauge) line? Also the fact that they'll have to sort out what's happening in and around Ballarat.
1. Ali Cupper's enthusiasm for reinstating passenger rail service to Mildura and it was a primary policy of hers...obviously the 7% swing towards her was a factor in that. Peter Crisp, the apparent former National's Member thought he was immune from all challengers.
2. V/Line now operates the track and access charges are now appropriate.
Agreed, the Andrews governments comprehensive majority may be an impediment to the requests of a few country Independents...and on that score, only time will tell.
Ever since standardisation which, between Maryborough and Mildura basically meant moving one rail inwards a few inches, I've said many times that passenger trains still cannot operate to Mildura at this time in a timely manner due to the lightweight track which needs a further upgrade, the sight lines to the many unprotected level crossings rectified and the several stations with low level platforms upgraded which will require a complete makeover of those stations and all the others as well
But this doesn't mean that this work shouldn't be undertaken at all and it could be done, incrementally as the Echuca line was over several years.