GETTING ON WITH DELIVERING REAL FAST RAIL FOR GEELONG
Labor’s real plan to deliver fast rail for Geelong will be one step closer, with the removal of three dangerous and congested level crossings on the Regional Rail Link line at Deer Park.
Over the last four years, Labor has won the fight with Canberra to deliver the start of the Geelong Line Upgrade, has added hundreds of additional services and new carriages for our busiest rail line.
But there’s more to do – that’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver the Waurn Ponds Duplication, order new trains and do the work needed to deliver fast rail to Geelong.
Labor will remove three dangerous and congested level crossings in Deer Park – which is the first step necessary to run fast trains to Ballarat and Geelong.
These level crossings are located between Sunshine Station and the Regional Rail Link junction, where both the Ballarat line and Geelong line regional trains enter and exit the city. Removing these three level crossings will improve reliability and decrease delays for local and regional passengers.
Labor’s $150 million Western Rail Plan includes planning for the full separation of regional and metro services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – needed to deliver fast rail to these cities – meaning fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains for regional passengers and more frequent services for our booming west.
This is in stark contrast with the Victorian Liberals who, when in Government, cut $120 million from V/Line and have a legacy of closing country rail lines.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“Whether it’s adding hundreds of services, getting on with the Geelong Line Upgrade or doing the work needed to deliver real fast rail – Labor is building the public transport network Geelong locals need.
“The Liberals’ plan for rail is nothing more than a line on a map – only Labor will get Victorians home safer and sooner.”
Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“The removal of these three level crossings shows Labor knows what is required to deliver real fast rail to Geelong – and we will get it done.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
“Delays often occur at level crossings, and these removals will make a difference to everyone’s commute. Only Labor can build the regional public transport we need for the future.”
Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren
"We need to plan and do the work to do this right – but fast rail can truly change the way people live and work in Geelong."