Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today received a report investigating the future delivery of Bendigo Metro Rail, a commuter train service for Bendigo, from the Bendigo Metro Rail Community Consultative Taskforce.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards chaired the Bendigo Metro Rail Community Consultative Taskforce which compiled the report recommending a staged approach to delivering the Bendigo Rail project.
The Andrews Labor Government thanks the independent taskforce for their work and will now consider the recommendations put forward.
The Government has already invested $2 million in Stage 1 works for the Bendigo Rail Project to support the growing population of Bendigo and its increasing demand for public transport.
The taskforce considered community feedback and existing public transport strategies, such as council land use and population planning documents, technical input from service providers and Public Transport Victoria’s review of the Bendigo bus network.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“I want to thank the local community for its strong support for Bendigo Metro Rail, and the taskforce for its efforts in helping to drive community engagement.”
“We will now consider the recommendations in full so we can deliver public transport the supports the continued growth of this thriving regional city.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“I am pleased to now deliver these recommendations to the Government for its consideration.”
“The Bendigo Metro Rail project received over 600 submissions from the community during consultation and feedback indicated strong support for this project.”
“These recommendations were put forward after carefully considering the needs of the Bendigo community now and for the future.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020