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Eight Victorian councils have launched a comprehensive public transport strategy as the first step towards lobbying for improved rail and coach services to boost business, tourism, health and education in Western Victoria.


The study recommends increased passenger rail and coach services between Ararat and Melbourne and return of passenger rail services to other parts of Western Victoria including Horsham and Hamilton. It also recommends extra coach services to improve connections between road and rail services across the Wimmera and South West Victoria and into South East South Australia. 


The study investigates how to boost tourism and economic development via increased access to public transport. It also recommends upgrading operating rail stations and bus terminals to be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act, allowing easier access for the elderly and people with a disability.


The municipalities supporting the project are Horsham and Ararat Rural Cities, and Southern Grampians, Glenelg, Northern Grampians, Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh, and West Wimmera Shire Councils.


You can view the executive summary of the report here

You can view the full report here.