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Melbourne’s airport rail link route has drawn criticism for leaving fast-growing western suburbs with congested train networks and breaking state and federal promises of half-hour trips to Geelong.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday unveiled a raft of rail upgrades, including 12 kilometres of new express tracks for Geelong trains and $10 billion for the airport rail link, which will run via the new Metro Tunnel.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison address the media in a virtual press conference seen from Parliament House in Canberra on Saturday. CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN
The $4 billion Geelong rail line upgrade will shave 15 minutes off travel, but the proposed 50-minute commute falls short of 35-minute fast rail promised by Labor at the 2018 state election and 32-minute trips promised by Mr Morrison before the 2019 federal poll.
The revised Geelong rail upgrade was yesterday labelled a "con job" by a public transport think tank and drew an angry response from former Geelong mayor Bruce Harwood.
"I think they’re absolutely turning their back on the regional and rural commuters," said Cr Harwood, the council’s transport spokesman.
Secretary of Rail Futures Institute transport lobby group John Hearsch warned the upgrades would bring minimal benefits to commuters in Melbourne’s fast-growing west, and said any claims the Geelong rail upgrade delivered on fast-rail promises were false.
Yesterday, both governments pledged $5 billion for the Tullamarine airport rail link, which has been on Victoria’s infrastructure agenda since the mid-60s but never delivered, whereas Sydney and Brisbane built airport train links two decades ago.
Construction on the airport rail link will start in 2022 and finish by 2029, delivering train services to the city within half-an-hour every 10 minutes. Airport trains will run through the new Metro Tunnel and into the south-eastern suburbs via Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.
The airport rail route was broadly welcomed by public transport advocates and regional councils, which said the service would be paid for on a Myki card and have comparable prices to SkyBus tickets ($19.50).
But Mr Hearsch said airport trains would chew up a third of the Metro Tunnel’s initial capacity, which was needed for extra Melton services.
Tuesday’s state budget will include $2 billion for the Geelong upgrade, matching $2 billion pledged by the federal government on the project to be built from 2023.
The planned route will be no faster than the Skybus at peak hour. CREDIT:ROY CHU
The first stage of the upgrade will restore a direct link between Geelong and Werribee and run most of Geelong’s trains via new express 12-kilometre tracks between Werribee and Laverton.
This new route will be eight-kilometres shorter and bypass a slew of stations on the Werribee line, freeing up capacity on the congested Geelong corridor through Wyndham Vale for services to Wyndham, Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo. Some Geelong services will continue to run on the current route.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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