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Train services in Geelong will be upgraded under a $736 million plan promised by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews if the Government is re-elected in November.
But Labor will only stump up $147 million for the plan and seek the rest of the cash from the Commonwealth through regional rail funds.
A long-awaited plan to duplicate 11 kilometres of V/Line track to Waurn Ponds from South Geelong is central to the package, which Mr Andrews will formally unveil in Victoria's second biggest city today.
The upgrade will mean services can run every ten minutes during peak periods and allow hundreds of extra services each week, the Government said.
The money will also go towards planning to extend train services to the booming growth area of Armstrong Creek.
The Government is already reserving land for the project.
Train stations at Marshall and South Geelong will also be upgraded and two level crossings, including one on the Surf Coast Highway, will be removed.
Local federal Liberal MP Sarah Henderson had advocated for the duplication and the State Government said it can now do the construction after careful assessment.
Mr Andrews said work would begin in 2020, take three years and create 1,300 jobs.
The project lies in the Liberal-held seat of South Barwon, which the Opposition's Andrew Katos holds.
The works are also close to the key Labor marginal seat of Bellarine held by Police Minister Lisa Neville.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy and Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam are also due in the Geelong area on Friday.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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