INDI MP Cathy McGowan will be pushing to lock in a completion date for the Melbourne-Sydney track upgrade by year’s end.
Ms McGowan said she had set up meetings with all relevant stakeholders, including V/Line and the Australian Rail Track Corporation, to determine where to next for the beleaguered project.
She had vowed during her election campaign to lobby to get the track upgrade completed, stating it was one of the biggest concerns of Indi voters.
Though much of the responsibility for the upgrade — the cost of which has blown out to $700 million — does not fall directly to the federal government, Ms McGowan said she would keep a close watch.
An ARTC report on the project delays released in August indicated the project was still at least two years from completion.
But Ms McGowan said a new timetable for its completion should be set by Christmas.
“I’m getting the state of play at the moment and how we can all work together,” she said.