Wednesday 3 October 2018
Liberal Nationals to build faster rail between Shepparton and Melbourne
A Liberal Nationals Government will build faster rail between Shepparton and Melbourne that will double current maximum speeds, cutting travel times to under two hours.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build faster rail between Shepparton and Melbourne slashing travel times from a current 146 minutes to 117 minutes, a saving of around 30 minutes.
On a roundtrip, that’s a time-saving of about an hour every day, leaving more time to rest and relax with family and friends.
Reaching speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour on the Shepparton line, the state wide network will be the fastest in Australia. The Shepparton line has a current maximum of around only 80 kilometres per hour.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will also double the number of Shepparton and Melbourne weekday services.
The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria’s current Class 1 track as well as major track improvements on every regional passenger rail line.
The Liberal Nationals vision is to build a state of cities and not be focused only on Melbourne like the Labor Government is.
But to build a state of cities we need to build high speed rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs.
That’s why we recently announced a Population Commission to manage population growth throughout Victoria and ensure that regional cities have the infrastructure and services needed to sustain that growth.
One of the most important functions of the Population Commission will be to ensure regional centres like Shepparton have the right number of doctors, hospital beds, teachers, healthcare workers and police to match population growth.
A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers.
At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for faster rail is the further separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a ‘dump and run’ at the end of the suburban rail network.
Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with faster rail is the cornerstone of the Liberal Nationals plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.
Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund this fast rail project.
At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic.
That’s why construction of a European-style high speed rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.
Building a faster and high speed rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs.
Add to that, another 19,000 new jobs to build the Liberal Nationals congestion-busting new highway and arterial road projects and that’s a total of around 30,000 new jobs. Many of these 30,000 new jobs will come from regional Victoria.
Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan for the right population growth in the right areas at the right time.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“Faster rail will unite our cities and grow the whole state, not just Melbourne.
To build a state of cities and grow all of Victoria, we need to build faster rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs and deliver more services to the regions like teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.
This rail upgrade is going to save people an hour on a roundtrip between Shepparton and Melbourne which is time better spent resting and relaxing with friends and family.
In the first term of an elected Liberal Nationals Government we will deliver new-generation, faster, long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers.”
Comments attributable to Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:
“Daniel Andrews has been the Premier for Melbourne. A Liberal Nationals Government will be for all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.
Faster passenger rail will bring our regional communities closer together, helping to grow our regional economy, grow job opportunities and grow services like more teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.
When we reduce travel times we increase opportunities for people to live in one place and work in another.”
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer:
“Today’s announcement for fast rail is visionary and will make the difference here in the Shepparton electorate for future economic growth, jobs and to encourage people to choose to live here.
This plan for European-style fast rail will deliver the standard of public transport that we have been fighting for, and deserve, here in the Shepparton region.”
Comments attributable to The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz:
“This super-infrastructure project will be the game changer we need for to boost Shepparton’s connection with the rest of Victoria.
It’s going to be terrific for getting our commuters where they need to be, and it will also be a key driver to encourage more major employers to look at relocating to places like Shepparton and that means more jobs and more opportunities in regional Victoria.”