Also one thing that everyone seems to miss. The LNP have this ideology that regional sprawl will fix Melbourne's population boom. The LNP have no idea that putting homes out in regional towns is not decentralisation, unless it means rebuilding new infrastructure in each town and adding the employment in those areas. This is unlikely to happen, instead would mean more regional folk would be heading into Melbourne making the V-line service blow up with demand.
Hi James, firstly PLEASE stop calling the Victorian Coalition the LNP, the LNP is a Queensland party created by a merger of 2 political parties. In Victoria we have a Liberal Party and a National party and every now and again these 2 form a Coalition government.
Secondly the bit about people heading into Melbourne en masse is not actually borne out by my (fairly short at around 5 years) experience up here. Many people commute to the big smoke when they first come up but then either get tired of it or earn enough money to have paid off their (cheaper) house or both and get work locally, especially in Bendigo. This then leads to more jobs in Bendigo as the new commuters buy coffees, lunches etc.
In the PTV Regional Network Plan they actually refer to the need to cater for the growing contra-peak traffic from Castlemaine to Bendio in particular which I find interesting. Would be great to see shuttle services using Sprinters to run that service as as extended Bendigo Metro.
But they'll probably use busses.