The Andrews Labor Government has announced new funding to improve public transport in Shepparton and north eastern Victoria, just a few days after releasing Victoria’s first long-term strategy for better regional public transport.
Visiting Shepparton today, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced that the Labor Government will contribute $30,000 towards a feasibility study for improvements to Shepparton Station.
The $75,000 study will be co-funded by Greater Shepparton City Council and will investigate development of nearby vacant land, better pedestrian access and improvements shelter, landscaping and parking around the Station.
This work will build on the improvements to the Shepparton Station waiting area announced in the recent Victorian Budget 2016/17.
The Labor Government will also contribute $35,000 to upgrade the pedestrian underpass connecting McIntyre and Victoria Streets in Seymour. Mitchell Shire Council will contribute the remainder of funding for the $50,000 upgrade.
These new investments build on the $1.3 billion for better regional public transport provided in the recent State Budget which included an extra service from Seymour to Shepparton each day.
Expansion of station car parks at Wallan and Kilmore East will begin soon, along with the installation of more bike parking at major stations across the Hume region.
These Budget commitments are the first stage of the Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP) released earlier this week, which sets out a long-term plan for better public transport in Shepparton and across the Hume region.
The RNDP – Connecting Regional Victoria – is Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for better regional public transport. It outlines the series of infrastructure and rolling stock improvements required to deliver commuter-style services to Seymour, including track upgrades, better signalling and new trains and stabling.
In the long term, the goal of the RNDP is to deliver trains at least every 20 minutes in the peak and every 40 minutes off-peak to Seymour, and five services, five days a week to Shepparton and Albury/Wodonga.
Bus and coach improvements are also part of the plan, with extra shelters at major bus stops in Shepparton and an upgrade of the Seymour coach interchange.
For a copy of Connecting Regional Victoria and more information, visit
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The new funding announced today will improve pedestrian access in Seymour and help us plan for a better central Station for Shepparton.”
“It builds on the $1.3 billion we invested in regional public transport through the recent State Budget, and the long-term plan for better train, coach and bus services we announced earlier this week.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Northern Victoria and Co-Chair of the Regional Transport Advisory Group Jaclyn Symes
“The plan is the result of one of the largest public consultation processes ever undertaken in country Victoria and shows we have listened to what Shepparton commuters want to see in their public transport system.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is improving public transport now and planning for the future, to get people from the Shepparton region to places they want to go, quickly, reliably and safety."
Reviewed 19 August 2020