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The proposed Melbourne Airport rail link is due to be operational by 2029 and the train trip between Geelong and the city will be slashed by 15 minutes as the state and federal governments announce they have reached a deal on the combined $14 billion infrastructure projects.
In a joint virtual press conference on Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the bipartisan relationship had resulted in a positive outcome for the projects and that it was a “proud moment”.
“This is important for jobs, productivity, congestion on our roads and fundamentally doing the things we said we would do,” Premier Andrews said.
[img]https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/5fe58d6af808e8907d1ac7a66f952b28?width=650[/img]Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison hold a virtual doorstop for the media in Melbourne on Saturday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Daniel Pockett
“That is what Victorians want, that is what Victorians deserve and am very grateful and very pleased to have such a strong partnership between my government and yours. That is how you get things done.”
Construction on the airport rail link is set to begin by the end of 2022.
Mr Andrews confirmed next week’s state budget would include a matching of the federal government’s $2 billion contribution to the Geelong fast rail, which is due to reduce travel times from over an hour to 50 minutes.
Future upgrades to the project also aim to further cut travel time down to 40 minutes.
Construction on that project is scheduled to start in 2023.
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