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The much-anticipated extension to the $11 billion Metro Tunnel has been overlooked by both the Coalition and Labor in their slew of multibillion-dollar transport promises.
Victoria's peak motoring body is calling on the major parties to consider funding plans for a second underground rail tunnel, Melbourne Metro 2, just days ahead of the federal election.
The RACV says the rail tunnel linking Clifton Hill and Newport via Fishermans Bend is a "top priority" project, but has been completely overlooked.
Melbourne Metro 2 would link Clifton Hill and Newport via Fishermans Bend.CREDIT:MAL FAIRCLOUGH
The Coalition and Labor have promised to fund fast rail from Melbourne to Geelong and the suburban rail loop respectively, while both have committed $5 billion for the airport rail. But neither has put money towards Metro 2.
"The RACV believes it’s time to begin planning Metro 2 as a separate idea to the state government’s proposed suburban rail loop," said Byrce Prosser, the RACV's general manager of public policy.
The rail tunnel is "essential to deliver the infrastructure our growing city needs" Mr Prosser said, serving as a "sister project" for the Metro Tunnel that is currently being built.
"Metro Tunnel 2 is complex, with many issues to be considered, but it is a top-priority that is currently overlooked and requires support from all tiers of government."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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