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THE Greens will on Monday pledge their support for Melbourne Metro 2, a rail project proposed to link Mernda and Werribee, with a tunnel between Clifton Hill and Newport.
The move, a $100 million promise for project planning, will increase pressure on the Labor government for increased public transport spending in the countdown to the state election on November 24.
The cross-city rail project has been discussed for about a decade to complement the present $1 billion Metro project which is creating five new stations and twin 9km tunnels between South Yarra and South Kensington.
The Greens plan involves an interchange at Parkville station, which is being built for Metro 1, and two new stations at Fishermans Bend.
Greens transport spokesman Sam Hibbins said Melbourne Metro 2 was an alternative to the obsession with toll roads and aimed to reduce congestion and protect Melbourne’s liveability.
“No party can have any credibility on public transport unless they commit to planning for Melbourne Metro 2 now.
“Melbourne Metro 2 will increase services, cut overcrowding and deliver a reliable, high capacity metro system for commuters from the outer suburbs to the inner city.”
Excavations at the former site of the Melbourne City Square in preparation of the Metro Rail Tunnel.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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