In an election year budget, the Napthine government has picked up on the public mood and gone all out on transport spending, pledging that up to $24 billion will be invested in major new road and rail projects that will transform Melbourne.
The showpiece of this year's budget is the "Melbourne Rail Link", a 7.5 kilometre tunnel from South Yarra to Southern Cross Station that the government says will deliver a 30 per cent boost to rail capacity, carrying 35,000 extra passengers per hour on 30 extra train services.
With $830 million committed over the next four years, starting with a modest $40 million in this budget, the Melbourne Rail Link is scheduled to open in 2023, Treasurer Michael O'Brien said.
"Melbourne Rail Link will be the biggest expansion of the rail network since Henry Bolte created the City Loop," Mr O'Brien said.
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No station for Parkville, or Arden St!!
Surely that is a mistake?
Wonder if there will be a provision for dual gauge like there was in the original Metro plan to enable freights from the SE of Melbourne to go to the Port or up to NSW?
Surely they should provide for this?- for the future, when the roads from the SE industrial area of Melbourne become clogged with B doubles or B triples?