We've got State twats wanting High Speed Geelong Via RRL without any major upgrade to tracks or signalling.
Then the Federal twats spending $4 Billion to run a high speed Geelong service up the A$$ of a Metro Stopper at Newport.
Would be great if they could get together to sync their idiocy.
The current project is a horrendous waste of Money and a Political White Elephant.
While Mr Guy's is on the right track
, he is going to need to sink some money into he's proposal. A new track Pair needs to be constructed from Little River to Sunshine at a minimum, this will allow Geelong an express run from Sunshine too Little River, which is all that is need to shave the timetable down to 40ish minutes. A metro Melton and WV picks up those left in the dust of the high speed train.
All in all, the biggest problem for ether option is the fact that a city connection needs to be built. Wether this be from Newport to Southern Cross or Sunshine.
Now for a little foam. I believe there is more value in a link from Sunshine into the City, this doesn't only cater for Geelong, but also the Bendigo & Ballarat services. (Seems they are not worthy of a fast train) A lot of the hype around the previous market led proposal was about funnelling as many regional service via the Airport and having a gold plated airport train they could charge and arm and a leg for.
Leave RRL for Regional service, this is already well interfaced with Southern Cross. You could, (foam) run the WV & Melton Metro services via Sunshine into a new tunnel to Maribyrnong with a Station at the former defence site and Highpoint connecting into Flemington and running via Newmarket.(Approx. 8km of underground track) Newmarket and Kensington would need to be rebuilt, along with the LX removals. Use the existing Quad pair from Kensington into North Melbourne with a new platforms 7 & 8 and terminating at Platform 15 & 16 at Southern Cross. This allows Geelong (and those other pesky regional lines) to continue to use the current RRL alignment into the City.
For $15 Billion (MM1 8KM, 4 new $11B) you could have a city connection from Sunshine, a new station at a soon to be massive urban development site, a new station at a major trip generator and a High Speed Geelong Service.
Lets see if Mr Guy comes to his senses and develops a decent election commitment, not just shout Geelong Fast Train in November.