Commuters have their say

Moorabool Cr David Edwards

Moorabool commuters have mixed feelings about electrification of the rail line to Bacchus Marsh, according to initial feedback uncovered during a council poll.

Councillors were among the team that conducted a pre-dawn poll last Tuesday and Wednesday at Bacchus Marsh station to gauge the community’s views on proposed improvements to the rail service.

Council supports a proposal which, if successful, could see electric trains rolling into the town on the Ballarat
V/Line route by the end of 2026.

Chief executive Rob Croxford said councillors John Keogh and David Edwards spoke with about 100 commuters, who were encouraged to register their responses online.

“I would say, just from that sample poll conducted during peak hour on both the Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, that the majority were overwhelmingly against the electrification of the rail line,” Mr Croxford said.

“There were some pretty strong sentiments and opinions expressed about the issue, but there was also a degree of misinformation or a gap in the understanding about the proposal.

“These are factors that will go towards informing any reports on community feedback. We will continue to consult into the future as the critical rail line upgrade needs are recognised by government.”