Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews
Only Labor Will Deliver Suburban Rail Loop
Victor P Taffa
Only project that will connect Victoria and slash congestion across Melbourne is the Suburban Rail Loop and only a re-elected Andrews Government will get it done.
“Only Labor has a plan to get Victorians where they need to go on fast underground rail meaning 200,000 people can leave the car at home and catch the Suburban Rail Loop instead.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“It’s the big idea Victoria needs to create jobs, ease congestion, and connect the whole state and only Labor will get it done.”
In the last 4 years, the Andrews Government has embarked upon the biggest transport building program ever keeping our promise to remove level crossings and fix roads and rail across Victoria.
“There’s still more to do. Without action, demand on our 100-year-old radial transport network will grind our state to a halt. That’s why Suburban Rail Loop is the visionary project our state needs a 90 km rail ring around Melbourne’s suburbs, with 12 new underground stations connecting every major rail line in Victoria.” Premier Andrews said.
Premier Daniel Andrews today welcomed a matching $300 Million funding commitment under a future Federal Shorten Government.
“Combined $600 Million commitment will mean we can complete the business case and preconstruction work required to fast-track the delivery of the project in 2022.”
Andrews Government released further detail of the transport modelling provided by experts at Development Victoria and PwC today, which shows that travel times across Melbourne will be slashed connecting Victorians via fast public transport to key employment, jobs, education and health precincts for the first time.
“We’re removing level crossings, building bigger trains and delivering the Metro Tunnel and we will do the work to build a new underground rail line to better connect our suburbs and our regions.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“Only Labor can transform our transport network getting people home safer and sooner, no matter where they live.”
South East Section
South East Section will run underground between Cheltenham and Box Hill with new rail tunnels linking the following lines:
- Glen Waverley,
This section could include:
- 6 new underground stations,
- 4 underground interchanges with existing lines,
- 2 potential new stations at the Monash Clayton and Deakin Burwood precincts.
People in Box Hill will be able to travel underground through the Suburban Rail Loop from the new Box Hill station interchange to Monash Clayton in about 15 minutes when the project is complete.
North East Section
North East Section will connect the Belgrave Lilydale line to the following lines:
- New Melbourne Airport Line.
In addition to the 4 interchange stations on these lines, there will be potential new underground stations in Doncaster and the La Trobe precinct in Bundoora.
New Airport Rail Link will form the north-west section, with construction also underway from 2022.
From Broadmeadows to Deakin in Burwood, the travel time will be around 25 minutes less than half the time it currently takes in a car. Trips to the Airport will also be slashed including just 20 minutes from Heidelberg, and 35 minutes from Glen Waverley.
Passengers on existing city-bound lines will also benefit. The modelling undertaken using the Victorian Integrated Transport Model shows congestion on our existing major lines will be slashed by up to 20 %.
Currently, Victorians need to travel on existing rail lines in to the CBD and back out again, just to get where the need to go. By providing a direct underground route to our biggest jobs, health and education precincts, the Suburban Rail Loop will take thousands of passengers off existing rail lines.
Glen Waverley Line
On the Glen Waverley Line, there could be up to 20 % fewer passengers, equating to 1,650 fewer people on city-bound trains in just the morning peak the equivalent of 2 full trains.
On the Frankston Line that figure is up to 10 % or around 1,500 fewer passengers while on the South Morang line trains will be up to 15 % less congested, with up to 1,600 fewer passengers needing to travel in to the city in the busy morning peak.
Western Section will connect to the Werribee line via the new Sunshine super-hub, with further technical investigations to determine the scope and route of this section.
Regional Victorian passengers will be big winners, with 3 new super-hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine providing better access to jobs, education and health outside the CBD.
Exact station locations, route alignment, rolling stock, and staging will be confirmed through the full business case and technical work, including extensive consultation and environmental assessments.
Victoria State Election will be held on 24 November 2018.