Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 in News

Premier John Brumby has released key details of landmark Victorian Transport Plan projects, unveiling routes for Regional Rail Link, WestLink, the Truck Action Plan and the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel – including a new underground station in North Melbourne.

Mr Brumby said in the 18 months since the Victorian Government launched its unprecedented transport plan, funding had been allocated for more than $10 billion worth of projects.

“The Victorian Transport Plan is an ambitious action plan, backed by massive funding to meet the commitments we made to new trains, new tracks, better roads, and improved cycling and freight networks,” Mr Brumby said.

“We’ve already got brand new trains on the tracks, work has started on Peninsula Link and the widening of the M80 Ring Road and Melbourne Bike Share is up and running, but these are just a handful of the projects we’re delivering to build a better transport system for Victoria.

“Today we take the next step on projects that form the centrepiece of our government’s plan to improve transport, liveability and long-term economic development in Melbourne’s west.

“These projects will also create thousands of construction jobs over the next 10 years – starting with the massive $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.”

Mr Brumby today released the Victorian Transport Plan report for 2010, which included:

  • The Regional Rail Link alignment along the existing rail reservation, including designs for extra tracks through Footscray and details of new tender packages for construction;
  • Five new station locations and the preferred route for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, including details of the new underground Arden Station in North Melbourne;
  • The final preferred alignment for the Truck Action Plan and announcement of $8 million in extra funds to widen Yarraville’s Shepherd Bridge and deliver a new cycling and pedestrian shared path;
  • Three route options for WestLink project released for community consultation, including an extended tunnel option that emerges beyond residential areas near Paramount Road in West Footscray.


Mr Brumby said the release of plans today was a significant milestone for Melbourne’s transport future and demonstrated the government’s continued commitment to deliver the transport plan.

“These new alignments will not only deliver better transport options for the west, but they are also focused on minimising the impact on people’s homes and where possible avoiding residential areas,” he said.

“Now it is important we work with local communities, minimise impacts and disruptions, and ensure the maximum benefits in improved transport, better amenity and long-term job creation.”

Also releasing details of the major construction packages for Regional Rail Link, Mr Brumby said the project would provide a massive stimulus for the construction industry.

“This the biggest expansion of the rail network since the City Loop – and the biggest transport project since EastLink – and there is no doubt that we’re expecting extremely strong bids for the major construction packages,” he said.

“Regional Rail Link, along with the Melbourne Metro will provide an unprecedented boost to our rail system.”

Mr Brumby said in WestLink and the Truck Action Plan the Government was delivering on its plan to provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge corridor and importantly, take trucks off streets in the inner-western suburbs of Melbourne.

“These projects are vital to the future of Melbourne’s west, as people continue to move into the area and Victoria’s freight task grows,” he said.

“WestLink and the Truck Action Plan will reduce congestion and take heavy vehicles off local roads, provide an economic boost and create jobs, while improving urban amenity in the west.”

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