The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell says the Andrews Labor Government will condemn key Victorian regional cities to slow trains for decades to come if it fails to build designated rail tunnels as part of the Airport Rail Link project.
The construction of an airport rail tunnel between the city and Sunshine on dedicated tracks would have enabled fast transit into Melbourne from regional centres like Bendigo and Shepparton by utilising the spare capacity on this new infrastructure.
In a constituency question to Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell pointed out that the Labor Government’s preferred option to progress the Airport Rail Link as an above-ground link utilising existing tracks will dash any hopes of regional commuters enjoying fast regional rail into Southern Cross station.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell called on Ms Allan to reconsider Labor’s preferred model and instead fund the construction of a dedicated airport rail tunnel that can also be utilised by regional rail services.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Fast Regional Rail is an essential component in any decentralisation policy by providing the infrastructure to allow regional Victorians fast and reliable connectivity with metropolitan Melbourne.
“Jacinta Allan and Labor have got this wrong and they need to reconsider their plans and build dedicated tunnels as part of the Airport Rail Link.”
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