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Some of Melbourne’s busiest railway lines are in urgent need of capacity upgrades, Infrastructure Australia has said, warning that public transport congestion in the city will hit the Australian economy if left to worsen.
The national advisory body has pinpointed several rail lines, including the Hurstbridge, Mernda, Melton, Craigieburn and Cranbourne lines, as potential barriers to economic productivity, with its projections showing peak-hour demand is on course to outstrip capacity.
The $600 million Mernda rail extension opened just six months ago but is already under pressure.
Rail congestion is rising as big population increases in the outer suburbs combine with job concentration in the inner city.
The congestion threatened to leave Melbourne commuters stranded on platforms and force them back into their cars, Infrastructure Australia warned.
“A more congested rail network will lead to nationally significant productivity losses associated with longer travel times and worsening conditions for passengers, with some passengers potentially switching to road vehicles and causing additional road congestion,” the authority says in a report.
A failure to meet demand for rail travel would also make it harder for Victoria to reduce its emissions, the authority’s acting chief executive, Anna Chau, said.
“Recognising the growth that is going to happen, if the public transport isn’t in place, there is a risk that reliance on cars will lead to further environmental costs,” Ms Chau said.
The authority releases its latest Infrastructure Priority List for Australia on Thursday, identifying 121 projects and proposals of national significance.
Among the “nationally significant” initiatives it calls for are duplications to single-track sections of the Hurstbridge and Cranbourne rail lines in outer suburban Melbourne.
Duplicating the Hurstbridge line was critical because it connected with the neighbouring Mernda line, the report said.
The Mernda rail extension in Melbourne’s outer north opened less than six months ago, but already Infrastructure Australia is warning of future overcrowding and unreliability, owing to forecast passenger growth of 9.1 per cent a year.
The Mernda extension was built to service growth suburbs in the City of Whittlesea, one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities. But the ability to run more trains each hour had been hamstrung by the Hurstbridge line and its single-track sections, Infrastructure Australia said.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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