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PREMIER Daniel Andrews has promised to purchase new train sets for the North East rail line if the Federal Government provides funding to fix the substandard tracks.
During his visit to Wangaratta on Friday he made the commitment but he wouldn’t, at this stage, lock into a specific timeframe such as the 2017-18 state budget, even if his federal counterpart was to announce upcoming budget money for the tracks.
“The moment the federal government makes a commitment to fix the track I’ll be more than happy to be on the phone to the Prime Minister giving him my word and our government’s commitment that we’ll be good for the rolling stock investment that will be needed,” Mr Andrews said.
“We’ve had some very productive discussions with the federal government in the last little while and we welcome the acknowledgement that the track is really a federal issue and rolling stock is for us to do.
“Once there’s allocations made to improve the track we stand ready to fulfil our important obligations around trains and the rolling stock that will be needed.”
This article first appeared on wangarattachronicle.com.au
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