Melbourne's west doesn’t function without effective transport infrastructure. Whether on roads, rail, bridges or bicycle tracks, society grinds to a halt when people aren’t able to get to where they need to go. Anyone who has been stuck on the West Gate during peak hour can attest to this.
Regional Rail Link
Regional Rail Link is the largest Commonwealth investment in urban public transport in Australia’s history, leading to improved frequency and accessibility to trains for all commuters in the West.
The previous Federal Labor Government contributed $3.2225 towards the $4.8 billion project, which will build additional tracks from Southern Cross Station to West Werribee. It will take regional trains off the metropolitan train tracks, separate stopping and express trains and thus create more capacity for metropolitan trains.
We’ve seen the redevelopment of Footscray, Tottenham, Sunshine and West Footscray stations into dynamic hubs of public transport.
Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel
The biggest restriction on improving public transport in Victoria is getting people in and out of Melbourne's CBD. The City Loop is almost at full capacity and the two new tunnels as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project are required to get more trains in and out of the city. The Melbourne Metro is a critical city-shaping project that will address the increasing demand for train services in Melbourne's growth areas in the north, south-east and most importantly, the West, as well as create the capacity needed for future expansion of the rail network.
It will deliver:
- Two nine-kilometre rail tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra, travelling underneath Swanston Street in the CBD, as part of the new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line
- Train/tram interchanges at Parkville and Domain
- Rail tunnel entrances at South Kensington and South Yarra.
- Five new underground stations at:
- CBD North
- CBD South
This project will unlock the centre of our rail network, creating capacity for more than 20,000 extra passengers every hour, every day.
The future expansion of our rail network is dependent on it. Unfortunately, the former state Liberal government left the project to gather dust, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with it as quickly as possible.
The project is estimated to cost between $9-$11 billion.
The State Labor Government is seeking to fund a third of the project cost, with a third coming from the federal government and a third from the private sector. The former federal Labor government committed $3 billion which was then diverted to roads by the Coalition Government which refused to fund public transport.
The Melbourne Metro Rail Project has been ranked by Infrastructure Australia as the number one infrastructure priority for Victoria.
If you want to see the Melbourne Metro built, sign the petition here