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V/Line says the Bendigo line recorded the biggest increase in passenger trips in Victoria during April.
The increase of more 42 per cent helped V/Line break regional train travel records for a second month in a row, with more than a million passenger trips recorded.
V/Line spokesman Daniel Maloney says 22 new V/Locity carriages, to be introduced from July, will help cope with the unprecedented growth over the past two years.
"We think the high petrol prices are driving people back to rail. It's horrible, the price of petrol is so bad, but in many respects it's great for rail, because people are starting to appreciate the benefit of trains all over again and a 42 per cent increase in the Bendigo line is huge and well above the state average of 28 per cent."
The State Government is being urged to continue a major commitment to improving public transport in regional areas.
The Bendigo Plus 25 Transport Action Group has welcomed a big jump in rail patronage on the Bendigo-Melbourne line.
Chairman Laurie Whelan says the figures show upgrades of rail and bus services will increase patronage.
"That sort of increase in numbers is very good for the investment that's put into public transport and that's certainly an indication that that investment needs to continue given the future that we're facing [with] regards to fuel prices and obviously climate change," he said.
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