A further 60,000 people living in south east South Australia could also benefit from improved connectivity through Victoria to provincial and capital cities.
Regional Councils have recognised the need for improved public passenger services for many years. A recent detailed study commissioned by eight Western Victorian Councils proved there is significant demand for improved public transport and linkages to Ballarat and Melbourne.
The Western Rail Project is seeking:
- More passenger rail services between Ararat and Melbourne
- The return of passenger rail services to other parts of Western Victoria, including Horsham and Hamilton
- Extra coach services to improve connections between road and rail services
- Upgrades to all operating rail stations in Western Victoria to ensure they are accessible to disabled and elderly people.