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To assist the bureaucrats from the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Infrastructure Victoria and Politicians both Federal and State to understand the concept of the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link.
The Rail Revival Alliance will articulate the concept Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link into terminology that the Politicians and Bureaucrats will be able to comprehend and understand and be familiar with the aspect of the rail link. In anticipation that it will assist the various government bureaucrats and politicians to be more knowledgeable and to enable confirming, improved and effective decision making about the rail link.
The Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link can be equated with and similar to the Ring Road around Melbourne that moves freight and the residents around Melbourne to their work or appointments and the delivery of the freight.
The Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link provides the same purpose except it is a rail link and uses trains to move freight and passengers without the use of trucks, buses and private vehicles congesting the roads and crawling along at 20 km per hour in a 7 km traffic jam that is a regular occurrence on Melbourne's Ring Road. The traffic jams are responsible for the increase in emissions of higher levels of carbon and is exceptionally inefficient and costs the economy in terms of productivity as well as degrading the environment.
The Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link is similar to the East West Link and the Truck Tunnel currently being constructed in Footscray to link the west with the east.
But with the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link is linking the North with the South as well as the East and West and providing the same principles of moving freight and commuters to traverse the state, without congestion and limiting carbon emissions and taking with each freight train 110 trucks off the road and benefitting the environment and reducing the cost of road maintenance.
Ballarat is being considered as a Rail Hub as it would become the apex for the lines to Horsham, Hamilton, Portland and Mildura. However, Ballarat will be a Rail Hub in name only as it will be the apex for only a third of the state's rail and that would increase to three quarters of the state if the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link was connected to Ballarat and this would legitimise Ballarat being identified as a Rail Hub with the inclusion of the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link.
It is extraordinary that such a simple resolution to improving the rail transport in the state could be so over looked and ignored. Yet it has been in place for 150 years and previously given considerable service as a freight and passenger link that reflects the inspired vision of the pioneers of the state, who had the political and engineering vision and courage to link the major regional centres of Victoria by a radial rail line between Bendigo and Geelong.
The same regrettably cannot be said of the Bureaucrats and Politicians who inhabit the parliaments and government departments and who have exhibited a lack of foresight and awareness and understanding of community needs and resort to window dressing projects like Sky Train with its ridiculous engineering limitations of dual track rather than triple track and the standardisation of the Mildura line for a mining company.
It has come to the attention of the Rail Revival Alliance Victoria that the set of track points that connected the Castlemaine line to Maryborough were indiscriminately removed. The Rail Revival Alliance Victoria was notified of the removal of the set of points by a reliable and trusted source within the rail industry and that the indiscriminate removal of the points was politically motivated and not a technical or logistical requirement for the Mildura standardisation.
This politically motivated act of vandalism will only escalate the resolve of the Rail Revival Alliance to have the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link opened.
Public Relations Manager
Rail Revival Alliance Victoria
0439 961 646
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