Election Commitment: Fast Rail To Support Our Growing Suburbs

Only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will overhaul our rail network to deliver fast rail to deliver more metro services to our growing suburbs.

The growth of Melbourne’s western suburbs, and the popularity of Geelong and Ballarat as commuter hubs, means our network needs more than just an upgrade: it needs re-drawing.

We started work to deliver fast regional rail with $50 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and committed $5 billion to Airport Rail Link via Sunshine to unlock the west of the state – but there’s more to do.

The new Western Rail Plan includes planning for the full separation of regional and metro services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – the first step in delivering fast rail to these cities – meaning fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains. Labor will complete the full business case and technical work required to deliver:

  • Two new electrified metro lines to Melton and Wyndham Vale with possible new stations, with the Wyndham Vale line potentially becoming the western section of the Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Additional tracks between Sunshine and the CBD to run extra services, most likely through a new rail tunnel which would also be utilised by Airport-bound trains and integrated with the Airport Rail Link.

Work on the full business case for this overhaul will begin in 2019 in conjunction with the business cases for the Suburban Rail Loop and Airport Rail Link, which only Labor will deliver. The separation of regional and metro services has to occur before fast trains can be delivered, and the full plan is expected to take around a decade to complete.

That work has identified the projects we need to make fast rail to Geelong and Ballarat a reality – and a re-elected Labor Government will invest an extra $100 million to complete all the planning we need to get it done.

Only Labor’s $150 million plan includes the complete overhaul of our public transport network, integrating the Metro Tunnel, Suburban Rail Loop, and Airport Rail Link, and three new interdependent projects needed for fast rail.

 

Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz

“This is great news for our local community – electrification out west will support our growing suburbs and get people where they need to go sooner.”

“Whether it’s planning for an Airport Rail Link, building the Metro Tunnel – only Labor can be trusted to build the transport system Victoria needs.”

“Whether it’s Doncaster or Rowville rail, the Liberals always promise big when it comes to public transport but always fail to deliver. Only Labor will deliver electrification to Melton.”

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