The iconic Overland Train service that runs between Adelaide and Melbourne via Murray Bridge has been saved thanks to a joint funding announcement.
The South Australian and Victorian Governments have come together to invest in its continued operations.
SA is investing $1.4M over four years while Victoria is investing $11M over three years.
This year so far, 18,000 passengers have booked the service; a significant rebound from COVID-affected years in 2021 and 2022.
Executive General Manager of Rail Expeditions at Journey Beyond, David Donald said he is grateful for the funding support as the service has cultural and historical significance.
“The Overland has been running between Adelaide and Melbourne for 136 years now and Journey Beyond is proud to be the custodian of this slice of history,” David Donald said.
Premier Peter Malinauskas said the service “provides a vital connection to major regional towns” and will be beneficial in continuing to provide options for travellers in both states.
“This funding commitment will ensure the train continues to be an alternative to air travel,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.