Rail survey not surprising | Editorial

A REPORT focused on transport needs for regional Victoria and its 10 largest cities has identified the dissatisfaction felt by North East rail commuters as the highest in the state.

Passengers on the North East line to Wodonga and Wangaratta scored their experience at 2.54 and 2.53 out of 10 respectively, half that of the satisfaction rate in Bendigo and Ballarat.

It’s a result that’s not surprising to Border commuters and Wodonga rail campaigner Bill Traill.

Mr Traill said the dissatisfaction with rail services in the North East would be a big issue among voters in the lead up to the Victorian state election, particularly while there are no promises to complete the revitalisation project or fund new rolling stock.

The RACV report has identified the frequency and standard of rail services to Wodonga and reliability as the issues concerning North East commuters.

But it has also highlighted the need for a bus service to the Wodonga railway station for those needing transport to and from the city centre.

These are issues governments at all levels must recognise as important to Wodonga residents and problems they should seek to address as soon as possible.