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Overland Regional Rail Service Saved


The Victorian Government has opted to support an historic regional rail service to South Australia for another three years.

Following months of uncertainty, the Victorian State Government has announced it will continue to support the train's owner 'Journey Beyond' to the tune of  $3.8 million.

The Overland has been running since 1887 and operates two return services between Adelaide and Melbourne per week.

The service, which is used by about 30,000 people each year, provides a vital transport link for communities in regional South Australia including Murray Bridge and Bordertown.

The Marshall Liberal Government cut its annual subsidy of $330,000 in December 2018 with the Victorian Government picking up the shortfall since.

SA Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas said if elected in 2022, Labor will work with the Victorian Government and Journey Beyond to ensure the long-term future of the service.

"The Victorian Government’s lifeline for the Overland Train is a welcome one – it is an iconic service," Mr Malinauskas said.

"This is a vital service, particularly for older South Australians who prefer train travel, and for country South Australians who do not live close to airports."

Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said it is great that the service will continue without needing tax payer support from South Australians.

Photo of Overland supplied Journey Beyond Rail