Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
A GEELONG-Torquay train service is being considered by the State Government as it strives to upgrade transport to the region's fastest-growing areas.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder revealed this week he was on track to identify a route for the potential service by the middle of next year.
He said three forms of public transport were in the running to link Torquay to the Geelong-Warrnambool train line.
"A proposed alignment for either a heavy rail or light rail line or bus rapid transit are being identified," he said.
"This transit spine should be known by mid-2012, when I expect to receive detailed information from the Department of Transport.
"Unashamedly, since being elected, the Coalition Government has focused on rail as it is the only mode that attracts motorists from their cars in large numbers."
The proposal will be on the agenda at a meeting of representatives from the departments of Transport and Planning and Community Development, G21, the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Greater Geelong in Geelong today.
A transit corridor has been established through Armstrong Creek, and local leaders acknowledge a train connection to Torquay is 10 years or more away.
But they say the route must be mapped out now before the there is further development in the region.
Surf Coast Shire councillor Dean Webster, who recently stepped aside as mayor, and has been involved in talks about the plans, said Torquay would soon be big enough to justify a rail service.
"I'm a supporter of rail," Cr Webster said.
"It takes cars off the road and make things more affordable for families in our region."
G21 chief Elaine Carbines said improved public transport was vital as the region grew.
"It (public transport in the region) is not good enough, the further you live from the Geelong CBD the harder it is to access public transport," she said.
"Significant investment is needed."
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.