03 October 2018

The Liberals put fast rail on track

I am delighted to welcome Matthew Guy’s bold vision to transform regional rail services in Victoria.

The state Liberals’ plan to deliver a fast train that will mean a 32 minute journey between Geelong and Melbourne is revolutionary.

This game changing investment builds on work the Morrison Government has done to demonstrate a rock-solid commitment to improving passenger and freight rail services in regional and suburban Victoria including in Geelong and Corangamite.

Our existing commitments stand at almost $8 billion including $2.2 billion for rail projects in Victoria’s regions.

The Victorian Regional Rail Package will better connect communities across the entire network ($1.6 billion towards the $1.75 billion package); implementing the Inland Rail project will help generate an additional $7 billion in economic benefit for the state ($400 million towards construction of the project in Victoria); and the Murray Basin Rail Project will standardise the rail freight lines in the north-west of Victoria help meet increasing demand for freight services ($240 million towards a total cost of $440 million).

The Morrison Government has delivered $254 million for the Warrnambool to Geelong rail line including $150 million to duplicate the track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, as well as upgrading platforms at Waurn Ponds, Marshall and South Geelong.

Apart from an initial tranche of only $20 million, Labor has delivered no budgeted funding to upgrade our local rail services which is simply unacceptable.

To make matters worse, State Labor has done nothing to fix the Regional Rail Link which has proved to be a total disaster for Geelong and Corangamite commuters in peak hour.

A vote for the Victorian Liberals and Nationals on 24 November is a vote for this incredible investment in fast rail for our region.

I look forward to further discussions on Matthew Guy’s plan for regional rail should he be elected Premier next month.

3 October 2018