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Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop will run as a separate line complete with shorter platforms, frequent services and its own fleet of trains when built.
Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced new details of the ambitious project, expected to begin by 2022, to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2018 state election.
But the announcement has raised questions about how the line will work with Melbourne’s airport rail link.
Newly released plans indicate four to five carriages trains will be built for the loop to allow for faster speeds than existing services.
Passengers will use the same ticketing system across the state and new technology will be used rather than retrofitting the fleet into the city’s century-old network.
Mr Andrews said the decision was an important step in developing the 90km rail ring, with drilling and soil testing already underway between Box Hill and Cheltenham.
“This will be a really big game changer in terms of how people move around the city,” he said.
The state government is hoping to use private investment, driven by the growth around stations, to help fund the project.
The Suburban Rail Loop will link areas on the outer edges of Melbourne’s existing rail system.But Mr Andrews said it was not yet known if the new trains would be automated or how much the project would cost in total.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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