A reference group advocating for improved Goulburn Valley train services has met for the first time.JENNA BISHOP August 19, 2014 3:27am
The first meeting of a reference group designed to improve passenger rail services has been deemed a success.
The Shepparton Passenger Services Working Group had its first meeting on August 14 after Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan established it in July.
Group chairwoman Jeanette Powell said the group had established additional services were needed and were working to determine when they should run.
‘‘It was a really positive meeting and very productive,’’ she said.
‘‘We had each of the community representatives give a presentation on current services and what they would like to see with enhanced services.’’
Mrs Powell said a number of different groups had done community surveys, which would form part of the group’s research.
‘‘The Department of Transport will also review the surveys to see what people are saying they would like for extended services,’’ she said.
Mrs Powell said the group would look at determining when extra services would be most beneficial, as diff-erent groups had identified different times of the day for preferred additional services.
She said the facilities available to passengers would also be reviewed, as many survey respondents had said the waiting room was too small, with little seating.
The group will next meet on August 28.
It will meet twice in September and twice in October before presenting its recommendations to Transport Minister Terry Mulder.
‘‘We want to present in October so we have room for any budgetary opportunities,’’ Mrs Powell said.
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