all this bla bla bla CAF are the best chuck out the rest gumpf is a bit naff, no? Especially when there's an active project for the next-generation of regional trains: https://transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/our-projects/new-and-upgraded-trains-and-trams/planning-next-generation-trains-and-trams
On that, specifically, the next generation should be bi-modal because it's quite conceivable that within a decade there'll be more wires that Vline trains run under - we'll have to wait to see the outcome of the MARL (as a possible Bendigo line deviation and metro separation from main Watergardens section project) and WRP/faster rail to Geelong and Ballarat business cases.
I won't in the slightest be surprised if there's a marked extra emphasis put on running far more Vline services (and running faster services beyond the current fast network) as a result of the post-covid rebuild... the big Melbourne rail projects (SRL, MARL, MM2, WRP) will probably go ahead but beyond that... the N.E. line can't stick to 130kph forever, nor the Melbourne-Seymour-Shepparton, Bendigo-Echuca, Bendigo-Swan Hill, Geelong-Warrnambool, Traralgon-Bairnsdale or Ballarat-Ararat.
The anecdotes are already flying about rental properties being gobbled up in regional areas, it'll take a few months to see if those anecdotes turn into a trend and a policy signal from government might also turn that into a trend.
I wouldn't back it 100% - a policy rebalance - but I certainly wouldn't 100% rule it out either.