Baillieu Backs High-Speed Rail

Baillieu Backs High-Speed Rail

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Victoria Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Coalition To Push For High-Speed Rail

Victor P Taffa

A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will establish a special high-speed rail advocacy unit within the Coalition’s Victorian Public Transport Development Authority to push for the construction of intercapital High-Speed Rail Links between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said the potential of high-speed rail had been ignored by Premier John Brumby and the Coalition would provide $4 Million in its first term to set up the High-Speed Rail Advocacy Unit.

“This unit will investigate and advocate cost-efficient options for building high-speed rail links from Melbourne to other cities and work with all levels of government and the private sector to make high-speed rail a reality.” Mr. Baillieu said.


“With more than nine million residents and rapid growth, it is clear that the Melbourne to Sydney corridor can support a High-Speed Rail Link which joins all major south-east Australian population centres including Geelong.”

“High-Speed Rail has been a great success in China and Japan and across Europe, and while Morocco and Turkey are investing in high-speed trains, Victoria and Australia have been left behind by 11 years of Labor’s neglect and failure.”

“Under the Coalition’s Plan, Victoria will take the lead in ensuring that Melbourne hosts Australia’s first true High-Speed Trains.”

“High-Speed Trains will not just make it easier and quicker for passengers to visit cities such as Sydney or Albury for business or leisure, but will also assist in the decentralisation of Victoria and South-East Australia.” Mr. Baillieu said.

Airport congestion has increased air travel time from Sydney to Melbourne by 27 % in the past 30 years, and in September 2010, 25.7 % of flights from Sydney to Melbourne were at least 15 minutes late and 4.3 % were cancelled (Source:

Shadow Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the Coalition’s High-Speed Rail Advocacy Unit was in addition to the Coalition’s commitment to build a Rail Link to Avalon Airport and plan for Rail Links to Melbourne Airport and Doncaster in its first term.

“A High-Speed Train from the centre of Melbourne to the centre of Sydney will end the maddening shuffle of having to drive, get a cab or bus to the airport then wait for frequently-delayed flights and baggage from the carousel before queuing for a train, taxi or bus.” Mr. Mulder said.

“High-Speed Rail provides seamless, stress-free travel between population centres and the Coalition wants Victorians to be on board High-Speed Trains as soon as possible.” Mr. Mulder said.


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VIC Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

VIC Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder