Very interesting to read in the December 10 edition of the Sentinel-Times that there has been a suggestion made that with Wonthaggi and Bass Coast’s booming population, there will be a need for rail services (Re: ‘We need rail, they say’).
I harken back to the infamous Lonie Report tabled in State Parliament in September 1980, which recommended mass closure of country railway lines in Victoria including the Nyora-Wonthaggi railway line.
I was part of a group who called themselves the ‘Save our Train Committee’ and our aim was to save the Wonthaggi line from destruction.
At the time we were ridiculed by many who said rail would never be needed again in the Bass Coast area and Wonthaggi township. I recall we stated back then that Wonthaggi would grow and that there should be a long-term vision to retain and upgrade the then Nyora-Wonthaggi railway line.
Victoria is now seeing country rail undergoing huge patronage growth and current train capacity is regularly exhausted with more rolling stock being constructed.
How ironic that our vision has now come to pass and the call is out for rail to return to the area. Is it not also time for a re-think on the proposed removal of the Nyora to Leongatha railway?
Graeme Skinner, Eltham.
Huge patronage growth in rail