Victorian transport minister Jacinta Allan says fixing North East rail line is closer to $130 million

MONEY MATTERS: Victorian transport minister Jacinta Allan

MONEY MATTERS: Victorian transport minister Jacinta Allan

THE Victorian Government is refusing to budge on a pledge to play its part in repairing the North East rail line.

Transport minister Jacinta Allan said on Monday the federal government's own experts believe the repair job would cost more than the $100 million allocated in last week's budget.

“The Turnbull Government need to justify how they think $100 million will properly fix the track, given their own experts say it will cost more than that,” she said.

“As they have failed to provide any evidence to support their claims, people have every right to be sceptical.

“As soon as the Turnbull Government can prove their investment will properly fix the track, we will order new trains for the North-East line.”

The Andrews Labor Government believes the cost to fully repair the track to be closer to $130 million.

Premier Daniel Andrews said recently if the federal government fixed the track his government would improve the rolling stock.

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