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Up to 26 houses will be compulsorily acquired under a $4.3 billion plan to fast-track regional rail services between Melbourne and western Victoria.
Victorian Premier John Brumby released the route for the Regional Rail Link project today, promising commuters between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo faster and more reliable train services.
Under the plan, regional trains travelling between Southern Cross Station and western Victoria will have their own dedicated line.
Mr Brumby said the duplication though the western suburbs would be built within the existing rail corridor through Sunshine and Footscray, minimising disruption to local communities.
However, up to 26 houses would be acquired out of a possible 84.
The project will include the development of two new train stations at Tarneit and Wyndham Vale.
Mr Brumby said the duplication would provide room for an extra 9000 passengers an hour on affected regional and metropolitan services.
"It will end that long history of regional trains stuck behind suburban trains that need to stop at every station," Mr Brumby told a lunch of stakeholders in Melbourne.
Mr Brumby also announced the three route options for the $2.8 billion WestLink road tunnel and the preferred route for the $4.5 billion metropolitan rail tunnel, including five new train stations.
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