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GREAT Southern Rail says it is in “productive discussions” with the SA and Victorian governments to secure a deal that ensures the Overland service continues running next year.
Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas has raised concerns about the future of the service, saying bookings have been halted from January 2019.
A GSR spokeswoman said: “The operation of The Overland rail service between Adelaide and Melbourne relies on ongoing funding from both the SA and Victorian governments”.
“Funding agreements with both governments are in place until the end of this year. We are in discussions with both governments to renew these agreements,” she said.
A State Government spokesman said Labor “did not secure long-term funding and is responsible for this service being in jeopardy”, with the arrangement now under review.
Mr Malinauskas said train services that halted “often never return” and Premier Steven Marshall “must act immediately and announce a funding package”.
The Overland has run since 1887 and operates two return services between Adelaide and Melbourne per week.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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