New rail group aiming to enhance local line

Enhancing the Maryborough passenger rail service is the aim of newly formed group Friends of the Maryborough Rail Line.

Established in December, the group aims to increase tourism opportunities and timetables for the passenger line, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary since its return this year.

According to the group, many in the communities serviced by the passenger rail are keen to see more services added to the line to make it more useable, but also recognise that existing services are under-utilised.

Currently Maryborough has two daily weekday return services from Maryborough to Melbourne and one return service on Saturday and Sunday, with the passenger train stopping at Talbot, Clunes and Creswick along the way.

While acknowledging the service is underused — according to the Department of Transport around 1200 passengers on average used the train services each month in the last three months of 2019 — the group is hoping to better understand how locals want to use the service.

Maryborough, Talbot, Clunes and Creswick residents and others who use the Maryborough rail passenger service are urged to attend an inaugural meeting of the newly formed group on February 22.

The meeting, which will take place at the Railway Café and Tracks Bar from 11 am, will be informal but will seek to identify key opportunities to develop the service and how a group might best support that and be organised to make a difference for the better.

Those wishing to attend are asked to email maryborough@rail revival.org by February 16.

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