State Budget 2014: Better public transport

A rail network that meets our needs

The Napthine Government continues to invest in transformational rail projects across Victoria.

Melbourne Rail Link

A new underground tunnel, new and upgraded stations and a rail link to Melbourne Airport will be delivered as part of the biggest rail project ever undertaken in Victoria.

This Budget commits $830 million over four years to the Melbourne Rail Link which will transform the rail network, reducing delays, improving reliability and boosting capacity by up to 30 per cent.
Costing $8.5 billion to $11 billion, construction on the project will begin in 2016, creating 3700 new jobs at the peak of construction.

The Melbourne Rail Link will deliver:

  • New rail tunnel with twin tunnels from Southern Cross to South Yarra.
  • New underground stations at Fishermans Bend (Montague) and Domain.
  • New underground platforms at Southern Cross and South Yarra stations.
  • Train-tram interchanges at Southern Cross, Montague, Domain and South Yarra stations.
  • A rail link to Melbourne Airport.

Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor project

The $2-2.5 billion Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor project will significantly improve rail services for one in every ten Melburnians.

This project will:

  • Boost services by 30 per cent.
  • Provide 25 next generation high capacity trains.
  • Remove four congested level crossings and plan for the removal of an additional five level crossings.

Removing more level crossings
This Budget invests $685 million to remove four level crossings, supporting around 1000 jobs during the peak of construction.

The Government has now allocated planning and/or construction funding for 40 level crossing removals and grade separations.

More affordable public transport

  • Helping to ease cost of living pressures by providing free tram travel in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands.
  • Making public transport more affordable by enabling commuters to travel in Zone 1 and Zone 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare, saving commuters about $5 per day equating to savings of around $1200 each year.


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