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The Victorian Government has rejected Opposition claims that passenger services will decline with one operator running all of Victoria's regional rail services.
The privately owned West Coast Railway has decided not to renew its contract to run the Warrnambool to Melbourne line, and the service will be operated by V/Line from September.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor says experience in Melbourne shows having one operator for public transport is successful.
He says passengers on the Warrnambool line may notice some improvements to the service under V/Line.
"In some circumstances because they're part of a bigger railway company they'll be able to have a more immediate access to trains and to personnel and to staff should the need arise.
V/Line says it will offer West Coast Railway staff new positions, when it takes over running the Warrnambool to Melbourne train line.
V/Line spokeswoman Ursula McGinnes says there will continue to be three services running to and from Melbourne a day.
"Certainly we will continue running a reliable service, the major difference that people in Warrnambool will probably see is that we will be using newer rolling stock and newer trains on the service," she said.
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