Rail network upgradesworthy of full praise

I WAS bemused by the comments of Jill Hennessy, Opposition public transport spokeswoman (The Courier, July 11). All she managed to do was try to beat up and misquote the outstanding work being completed on Victoria’s train network.

For her information, new trains are being built, tracks are being upgraded in both the suburbs and country (including the Ararat line at present) and signalling is being moved into the 21st century.

She would, or should, know full well that most of the delays to train services are caused by vandals knocking off the copper wiring and the storm damage to power lines and rail tracks caused by nature.

It is quite obvious that she has not travelled on V/Line services in recent times.

The trains are clean, the conductors and station staff are courteous and the drivers are real professionals. I know that I receive many positive comments from people who share train travel on V/Line. Even myki is working well following the great big stuff-up by her Labor government.

Full admiration must be also given to the workers constructing the new regional rail link. During this present shutdown they are constructing the lines in rain, hail and snow and the staff and drivers of the replacement bus network also deserve a good pat on the back.

Ms Hennessy would do well to quote the facts and not make up stories in her nice warm office in an attempt to mislead the public on the real situation.

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