Melbourne Metro is the number one rail project for Victoria, a $9 billion north-south tunnel through the city centre that would add capacity for an extra 24,000 passengers an hour.
It has been backed by the Rudd government and federal advisory authority Infrastructure Australia, but according to Premier Denis Napthine it is the right project, but at the wrong time and with the wrong name.
"I think we've got to find a better name for it because that is a misnomer," Dr Napthine said of Melbourne Metro on Tuesday.
"We are determined to build that rail capacity project. We're doing geotechnical work on it at the moment, it is essential for rail freight, for regional rail services and for metro rail services," he said.
Misnomer? Can you run a rail system without using the words 'rail' or 'train'?
Customers can travel on a 'service'.
Listen to the platform staff at Richmond struggle to avoid the use of the word 'train'.
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