And Victoria has been flooded with rail plans, promises and offers in the lead-up to the state election on 24 November.
If the politicians keep their promises then irrespective of who wins the November poll, Victoria looks set to witness an unprecedented rail-building boom over the coming decades.
To recap what is on offer:
- The Labor government has outlined a 30-year, $50 billion plan for a circle line linking all suburban lines in Melbourne.
- The Opposition has promised to spend $19b on upgrading all regional rail lines to allow speeds of up to 200kmh.
- A private consortium has offered to pitch in a further $5b on top of the $10b already pledged to build a Melbourne airport link.
- Finally, the Rail Futures Institute has unveiled its plan for Melbourne’s transport future, which would change the network from a radial system to a cross-city grid network.
Victorians must hope their politicians keep their expensive promises.
– TONY DUBOUDIN