Region eager for more trains

Colac Otway Shire councillors are waiting on a fifth daily return train between Colac and Melbourne, with the council to embark on a campaign for more, faster rail services. Pictured are councillors Kate Hanson, Joe McCracken, Chris Potter, Brian Crook and Stephen Hart looking to the future at Colac Railway Station.

It’s official: nearly everyone wants more rail services to Colac.

Ninety-four per cent of respondents in a Colac Herald online survey said there should be more train services between Colac and Melbourne, with just nine voters happy with the current service.

Meanwhile, Colac Otway Shire Council is set to embark on a campaign for rail service improvements, including more services, faster services, and community-friendly timetabling.

Better rail service is at the top of the council’s priority project advocacy list, and the council recently met with expert consultants including a former V-Line chief John Hearsch to discuss the region’s rail future.

Mr Hearsch has indicated the road to more rail services is complex, and although he said a fifth Warrnambool train through Colac was possible within the next 18 months, Colac services beyond that would require big infrastructure changes both in Colac and closer to Melbourne.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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