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Geelong and Wyndham councils have teamed up to fight for better rail infrastructure in the growing cities.
The councils are calling for additional services which they say are urgently needed on the already congested line between Geelong and Melbourne.
The city's leaders have seen the struggle of commuters, saying services are already at capacity.
They want increased track capacity between Sunshine and Melbourne's CBD for faster and more frequent metro and regional trains.
They are also calling for a coordinated approach from the state and federal governments for major projects such as the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, as well as the Western Rail Plan and Suburban Rail Loop.
A motion passed by Geelong council, with the support of Wyndham City, will see the cities ask for a series of urgent commitments, including two new metro rail lines to Wyndham Vale and Melton, separating them from the Geelong and Ballarat lines.
There is also a call for a connection of the Wyndham Vale and Werribee train lines.
The councils say there needs to be a clear timeline and funding for the works.
Wyndham mayor Josh Gilligan said there was a massive population growth in the city.
"And that's really having a lot of pressure on the line down to Geelong," Cr Gilligan said.
"Working collaboratively with the City of Greater Geelong (with this advocacy campaign), it's really important to get clear timelines around when these improvements will be made.
"And in the case of the tunnel option, we're concerned that if we don't have that additional track infrastructure, we're simply unable to get those additional services to get people moving."
Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said it was important to remind governments that this was a long term outcome.
"We don't want to end up locked and trapped in the west here without sufficient rail services," she said.
"The fast and frequent rail services to Wyndham and Geelong have the potential to open up the livability of our regions, employment opportunities and education opportunities."
This article first appeared on www.bay939.com.au
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