Liberal Campaign Launch Plan Number 7

Liberal Campaign Launch Plan Number 7

Victoria State Election 27 November 2010

Rail Revival: Geelong, Ballarat And Bendigo

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Victoria Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Victor P Taffa


The Coalition will plan for the return of passenger trains between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo on a cross-country rail route via Meredith, Maryborough and Castlemaine.

Under Premier John Brumby, Victoria’s second, third and fourth largest cities remain without direct passenger train links, with V/Line passengers forced to travel via Melbourne or its suburbs or via V/Line cross-country coaches.

This is unacceptable when the combined population of Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Geelong and Maryborough is now more than 400,000.

The Coalition will provide $2 Million for a Planning Study to commence the linking of the Centres.

This will require the Gheringhap to Ballarat line via Meredith to be upgraded for Passenger trains and the re-opening of the closed Moolort (near Maryborough) to Maldon Junction (near Castlemaine) Line closed by Labor.


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Victoria Liberal President David Kemp

Victoria Liberal President David Kemp