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The Victorian Government says it will need to virtually rebuild 450 kilometres of railway line to return passenger trains to Mildura in the state's north-west.
The Vinelander train was axed by the previous Coalition government in 1993, and the current Government is already more than 12 months behind on its promise to restore the service.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor says he has been surprised and disappointed by the findings of an audit on the line.
Mr Batchelor says the state of the track is even putting freight operations at risk, and it could not accommodate passenger services.
"Both in terms of the conditions and the time it takes you could not expect a passenger service to operate at large sections of its length at 20 kilometres an hour - you could ride a bicycle faster," he said.
The Member for Mildura, Russell Savage, says he welcomes the announcement of extra services as an interim measure.
But he says they cannot be used as a long-term bandaid for Mildura's inadequate and unsuitable public transport services.
The Mildura rail line is under the control of the Pacific National company and Mr Savage says the State Government needs to resume ownership to ensure there is no hold-up to the upgrade work.
"Big business is not allowed to damage state assets and restrict the access back to our passenger service and that's what's been happening for the last four years," he said.
"Its got to stop, they're committed to the train, its got to come back and we've got to have some time frame where we can see they are actually going to do something."
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