Scott Morrison has promised a high-speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong.
The PM pledged $2 billion for a fast-link train between the cities that would cut the travel time down to 35 minutes. The cost though, is expected to cost $4 billion, and Victoria is being expected to pick up the rest of the tab. It would also a decade to construct.
“This is all part of our plan to manage population growth … to take the pressure off our big cities like Melbourne and make our regional cities like Geelong even more attractive places to live and work,” Morrison told the Herald Sun.
“As our population grows, fast rail networks are crucial to easing the congestion pressures in our cities and shaping Australia’s future.”
Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan dismissed it as little more than desperate fodder for the election, telling the ABC the rail link was a “pre-election thought bubble”, and we should invest in current projects to speed up journey times.
Opposition infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese is keen for a more ambitious project though, between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
But is travel time between Geelong and Melbourne really a problem? Ask the regulars, they’ll say train capacity and reliability are the issues that really need fixing. These issues could be fixed in far less than 10 years, at a fraction of the cost. But with no ribbon to cut.
— Michael Bell (@Xtrackka) March 21, 2019
Look – a plan for high speed trains.
There must be a Federal election coming.https://t.co/u6NJBKd5GZ
— David Roy (@dmsroy) March 22, 2019