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Victoria has announced a major boost to Melbourne's transport system which could see travel times halved for people travelling from Geelong to the city.
The new plans which will form part of the state's upcoming budget, will see new transport lines for people in Geelong and tourists travelling to and from the airport.
Appearing via Zoom alongside the Prime Minister today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the government would allocate $2 billion on express rail links from Geelong into the city – matching the Federal government's $2 billion contribution to the project.
A new express train line will take people from Geelong to Melbourne in 15 minutes. (Luis Enrique Ascui/The Age)
The new train route is expected to halve travel time to just 15 minutes, making it the most direct rail line between Geelong and Melbourne.
Construction of the Geelong Fast Rail is expected to be underway from 2023 however Mr Andrews said there was no specific end date to the project.
The new line is also expected to cater for Geelong's fast-growing population which is expected to double by 2050.
The works will include track upgrades between Werribee and Laverton as well as the express track from Geelong into the city.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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