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Victorian Premier proposes largest Australian rail project

Premier Daniel Andrews has proposed a AU$50 billion project, the Suburban Rail Loop, to connect Melbourne’s suburbs with a tunnelled underground rail network.

The proposed project would involve tunnelling a new underground rail network connecting every major Victorian train line – from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, through to Melbourne Airport – with up to 12 new stations.

A re-elected Labor government plans to invest AU$300 million in a full business case, design and pre-construction, with work on the first section in southeast Melbourne expected to begin by the end of 2022.

The project, which would be one of the largest in the world, is projected to take decades to complete, creating more than 20,000 jobs from its beginning to its completion in approximately 2050.

“The suburban rail loop will be the biggest public transport project in Australian history,” said Premier Andrews.

“It will get people where they need to go, it’ll create 20 thousand jobs along the way.

“It is all about making sure we’ve got the infrastructure we need for a growing city and state.

“The suburban rail loop is essentially a ring rail.

“It is about moving people around the city, moving people where they need to go, not forcing everyone onto congested roads or funnelling them into the city on one train line, to then have to change and come back out to where they ultimately want to get to.

“This is about connecting universities, and TAFEs and hospitals, and employment precincts.

“It’s also fundamentally about being able to live closer to where you work.”

For more information visit the Rail Projects Victoria website.

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