Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay welcomed Matthew Guy’s announcement today that a Liberal Nationals government will revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network by delivering European-style High Speed Rail right across Victoria.
Melbourne’s population squeeze is putting enormous stress on our roads, public transport, schools and hospitals and that impacts on everyone’s quality of life.
“Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style High Speed Rail is the cornerstone of the Liberal Nationals’ plan to ease the population congestion by decentralising our jobs and our population.” Mr Guy said.
European-style High Speed Rail to regional cities will also give Victorians more options for affordable housing, more lifestyle choices and more employment opportunities.
“Currently it takes 58 minutes to travel from Geelong to Melbourne, however with the proposed new High Speed Rail a Liberal Nationals government will virtually halve travel time to just 32 minutes.” Mr Ramsay said.
Travel times will also be dramatically reduced from Melbourne to Ballarat, Shepparton and Bendigo.
Also planned are substantial upgrades of every other major country rail service including Warrnambool, as well as reopening closed passenger services to Donald, Horsham and Hamilton.
Not only will travel times be much faster, the journey will also be more comfortable, and for those people living in Geelong and working in Melbourne, this is going to save them nearly an hour every day.
This super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and 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, that’s a total of around 30,000 new jobs across Victoria. A Liberal Nationals government will get Victoria moving again.