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Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne, slashing travel times to 62 minutes. 

The Liberal Nationals’ plan for high speed rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne will more than halve travel times from a current time of 2 hours and 12 minutes to just 62 minutes – a saving of 70 minutes.

On a roundtrip, that’s a time-saving of 2 hours and 20 minutes every single day.  Or in other words, for someone who commutes daily on this line for work, they will save more than 23 days a year.   

Reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour, Victoria’s new High Speed Rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria's current Class 1 track to 200 kilometres per hour operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

On the Gippsland line 200 km/h operations will commence from Traralgon, with express services stopping only at Morwell, Moe and Warragul. Of the duplicated track to Moe, currently one line is rated at 160 km/h operation and another for 130 km/h services. Under the Liberal Nationals’ plan both will be upgraded to 200 km/h operation, giving much easier, faster and reliable operation for all Gippsland trains.

The duplicated track will also be extended from the Waterloo Road level crossing in to Moe station where a second platform will be constructed.

The Liberal Nationals’ vision is to build a state of cities and not only be focused on Melbourne like the Labor Government is. 

But to build a state of cities we need to build European-style High Speed Rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs.   

That’s why we recently announced a Population Commission to manage population growth throughout Victoria and ensure that regional Victoria has the infrastructure and services needed to sustain that growth.

One of the most important functions of the Population Commission will be to ensure regions like the Latrobe Valley have the right number of doctors, hospital beds, teachers, healthcare workers and police to match population growth.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, inter-city flyers and long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers. 

At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for a European-style high speed rail is the separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a 'dump and run' at the end of the suburban rail network. 

This project builds on the previously announced business case for dedicated regional rail lines from Pakenham to Caulfield by funding the design and construction of those lines.

Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style High Speed Rail is the cornerstone of the Liberal Nationals plan to decentralise our jobs and our population. 

Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund European-style High Speed Rail.

At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic. 

That’s why construction of a European-style High Speed Rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.

This new project will create much needed new jobs for the Latrobe Valley.  Under Daniel Andrews and Labor’s watch, unemployment in the Latrobe Valley has gone up from 6% to as high as 8.1%. 

Building a High Speed Rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs.

Add to that, another 19,000 new jobs to build the Liberal Nationals congestion-busting new highway and arterial road projects and that’s a total of around 30,000 new jobs.  Many of these 30,000 new jobs will be in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals will decentralise our jobs and our population with a plan for the right population growth in the right areas at the right time.

 

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“I want to build a state of cities, not a city state. 

But to build a state of cities we need to build European-style High Speed Rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs and deliver more services to the regions like teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.   

European-style High Speed Rail will unite our cities and grow the whole state, not just Melbourne.”

 

Comments attributable to Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:

“Daniel Andrews has been a Premier for Melbourne. A Liberal Nationals Government will be for all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.

High Speed Rail will bring our regional communities closer together, helping grow our regional economy, grow job opportunities, and grow services like more teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.

When we reduce travel times, we increase opportunities for people to live in one place and work in another.  

If we truly want to decentralise our state, we have to improve connectivity between our regional communities.”

 

Comments attributable to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood:

“For 16 of the last 20 years Labor have been in Government.

In 2006 Premier Bracks promised a fast train for Gippsland and that same train today is slower than it was in 2005.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition are serious about delivering a state of the art, reliable rail service to Gippsland commuter who have for too long been treated like second class citizens.

We’ll ensure the plan is well developed, the funding is delivered and the project moves forward to fix this mess for regional commuters who rely on the service every day.”

 

Comments attributable to The Nationals Candidate for Morwell, Sheridan Bond:

“A High Speed Rail connection will deliver a massive boost for the Latrobe Valley, providing faster connection between our communities in Gippsland and Melbourne and supporting jobs and new opportunities in our local economy.

This is a plan that will secure our future and will get the Latrobe Valley economy growing again after four years of setbacks under Daniel Andrews and Labor.

Under our plan, people who commute will get where they need to be quicker, and at the end of a long day they’ll be back home with their families sooner.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Morwell, Dale Harriman:

“Melbourne to Traralgon in 62 minutes is a game changer.

High Speed Rail is also going to take a lot of cars off the Princes Highway and the Monash Freeway to Melbourne and that will mean safer roads and that’s going to save lives.

This election will be a chance to vote for High Speed Rail for Latrobe Valley and to send Daniel Andrews a message that this region won’t be taken for granted any longer.” 

 

Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality on the Gippsland line had exploded in recent months.   The most recent report from V/Line showed short and long distance punctuality for Gippsland commuters were the worst for any region in Victoria, at 82.6% for short distance travel andContinue Reading

Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils has heard this week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, Local Government Victoria confirmed that rural councils have a disproportionately large volume of infrastructureContinue Reading

Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland

A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading

Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings

Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been revealed this week. Speaking in State Parliament this week, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said commuter complaints to his office had increased dramatically under the Andrews Labor Government and that frequently those complaints related to the clear lack of reliabilityContinue Reading

Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester MP and Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent MP for their commitment to Victorian regional rail with the announcement of $500 million for upgrades in last nights Federal Budget. ‘This investment by the Federal Minister for Transport means projects like the duplicationContinue Reading

New Carriages Welcomed but Commuters not Fooled

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for the Gippsland line which will assist commuters on two peak services at 6:27am to Melbourne from Traralgon and 4:58pm to Traralgon from Melbourne. ‘I welcome today’s announcement from the Victorian Government that new carriages will appear on these services butContinue Reading

Extra Off Peak Trains Will Not Help Gippsland Commuters

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement of 10 additional off peak services will not address overcrowding on the Gippsland Line.   ‘October's V/Line capacity report showed that again two of our three most important peak services, the 4:16pm and 4:58pm weekday services, operated at or above 100% capacity.   ‘Clearly if the Andrews LaborContinue Reading

Infrastructure Victoria’s Citizen Jury Wants Gippsland V/Lines Terminated at Pakenham

  Gippsland Coalition Members Gary Blackwood and Russell Northe have said they will oppose any move by the Andrews Labor Government to remove V/Line trains from using the metropolitan rail network as proposed by the Regional Citizen Jury which is part of Daniel Andrews Infrastructure Victoria. In a report released 30 July 2016, the Citizen JuryContinue Reading

Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads

  Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in Gippsland during this week’s sitting of the Victorian Parliament. “I refer to the parlous state of roads in the Eastern Victoria Region and in Gippsland, which have in and of themselves contributed more than their fair share of fatalities,Continue Reading

More Consultation, More Conversations but no Action for Gippsland Commuters

The release of the Regional Network Development Plan designed to drive future investment in regional transport will come as a bad joke to local commuters according to Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood and Member for Morwell Russell Northe. After a year of waiting, the Regional Network Development Plan has been released and contains no immediateContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism and businesses in Jindivick by providing directional tourism signs at the Sand Road & Princes Freeway interchange which is currently undergoing a major upgrade. The call for tourism signage comes following a petition by the Jindivick Progress Association whichContinue Reading

Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again

  State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep its word and deliver at least 10 per cent from the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne to regional Victoria for transport investment as promised just weeks ago. The agreement for 10% of the Port saleContinue Reading

Gippsland Commuter Pain Centre of Victorian Parliament Debate

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used debate in the Victorian Parliament to again seek information for local commuters on the Gippsland Line from the Minister for Public Transport. In addressing Parliament, Mr Blackwood said the failure by the former Brumby Labor Government to include Gippsland in the Regional Rail Link Project wasContinue Reading


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2018
Oct
03
Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley ...”
2017
Oct
18
Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality ...”
Aug
18
Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs
“ The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils ...”
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
11
Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings
“ Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been ...”
May
10
Coalitions Federal Budget Commits to Transport Projects
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today thanked the Federal Transport Minister Hon. Darren Chester ...”
Apr
11
New Carriages Welcomed but Commuters not Fooled
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today welcomed the announcement of 3 new carriages for ...”
2016
Nov
22
Extra Off Peak Trains Will Not Help Gippsland Commuters
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement of 10 additional off peak services ...”
Aug
05
Infrastructure Victoria’s Citizen Jury Wants Gippsland V/Lines Terminated at Pakenham
“   Gippsland Coalition Members Gary Blackwood and Russell Northe have said they will oppose any move by ...”
Jun
09
Gippsland Labor MP Slams Minister for Appalling Roads
“   Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Ms Harriet Shing has openly criticised the state of roads in ...”
May
30
More Consultation, More Conversations but no Action for Gippsland Commuters
“ The release of the Regional Network Development Plan designed to drive future investment in regional ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
15
Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism ...”
Mar
24
Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again
“   State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep ...”
Feb
25
Gippsland Commuter Pain Centre of Victorian Parliament Debate
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used debate in the Victorian Parliament to ...”


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