Former Geelong mayor and Stronger Together Rail Alliance chair Bruce Harwood said while he supported the state government in moving forward on fast rail, the current proposal meant there would be “no fast rail for southwest Victoria”.
“50-55 minutes is not fast rail,” he said. “It’s maybe 10 minutes faster than what we’ve got at the moment.” Cr Harwood said he remained sceptical until he’d been presented with an independently assessed business case and solid time frame for the completion of works.
Saving 10 minutes costing $4b+ (the + is for projects delivered in Victoria) is hardly worth the effort. Really why can't we expect 20 minute savings for that price.
During the works a connection to Avalon Airport should be included in the design for sure. The $4b could have $100m for the line to Avalon which if built would open up the airport more favourably to the airlines who want to use it but maybe feel it is too inaccessible.
Most airports of that distance from a major capital would have a rail link.
Civic leaders slam fast rail for bypassing Avalon Airport, not being fast enough