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Scott Morrison's promise to build 200km/h fast rail services between Melbourne and Geelong will not be possible without new trains, a leading expert says.
The Prime Minister has promised to build high-speed rail line where trains would travel up to 200km/h, slashing the travel time between Geelong and Southern Cross Station to 32 minutes.
It would take about 10 years to build, with construction to begin in two years and the state government expected to pitch in $2 billion.
But Mr Morrison's $4 billion pre-election cash splash does not include money for new trains.
The federal government has pledged to create a fast rail link between Melbourne and GeelongCREDIT:JOE ARMAO
Alan Tudge, federal Urban Infrastructure Minister, said $2 billion would go towards duplicating the track between Sunshine and Wyndham Vale, creating a dedicated line for the fast rail.
Separating the tracks would also increase capacity on the existing Geelong line, which has been plagued by overcrowding and poor reliability since the opening of the Regional Rail Link in 2015.
The remaining $2 billion would be spent on upgrading the Geelong line.
Mr Tudge said new trains were traditionally bought by the state.
John Hearsch, president of expert rail think-tank Rail Futures, supports the push for faster rail to Geelong and says separating the tracks is long over-due.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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