Fight for passenger rail: Fleet upgrade could help in the long haul

Returning passenger rail to Mildura will require many pieces to come together.

Returning passenger rail to Mildura will require many pieces to come together.

MOVES to replace V/Line’s ageing long-haul train fleet have been described as solving a piece in the puzzle of returning passenger rail to Mildura, but key pieces are still to fall into place.

The Victorian Opposition last week made a $633 million commitment to order new trains on the state’s long-haul routes, though Mildura would not be included as part of the initial order.

A State Government spokeswoman said money for the design work for long-haul trains was ­already committed.

Public transport expert Professor Bill Russell said these moves would answer the question of what trains would be used on a possible reinstated Mildura service.

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