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Two federal MPs have joined forces to push for a total upgrade of the Albury-Shepparton-Melbourne rail line.
The independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, and the Liberal Member for Murray, Sharman Stone, are calling on the Victorian Government to use some of the billions of dollars from the cancelled East West Link to overhaul the failing rail line and replace all of the antiquated rolling stock.
The MPs have already met Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and will soon put their case to Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.
"Then we can put fast trains on the line, we can have a really good service equivalent to other parts of regional Australia and indeed regional Victoria but just the patch-up and the patch-up and the old, antiquated rolling stock they've got on the line is just not good enough," Dr Stone said.
She said they would tell Ms Allan a quality train service to the north-east would have benefits for the whole country.
"The Albury to Melbourne line in particular is not just useful for rural-regional people in Indi and Murray, it's also part of an artery going all the way through to Sydney and on to Brisbane," she said.
"So any money spent on it has more than a local benefit, it goes, in fact, to a national benefit."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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