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Public transport investments in 2017-18 Victorian Budget

02 May 2017

In the 2017-18 Victorian Budget, the government announced a suite of significant investments in metropolitan and regional public transport.  

These projects will provide more reliable services for the growing number of people that use Victoria’s public transport network.

Some highlights from the announcement include:

Metropolitan projects and initiatives

  • Frankston line stabling - $187.4 million to shift stabling from Carrum to Kananook, to support extra services on the Frankston line
  • Continuing the Night Network - $193.2 million to make all night public transport on weekends permanent, supporting the visitor economy
  • Enhancing safety on the train network - $67 million for critical safety upgrades across all public transport modes
  • Improving Victoria's busiest train stations - $8.69 million for planning to get Flinders Street, Southern Cross and Richmond stations ready for future network improvements such as the Metro Tunnel
  • Improving public transport accessibility - $11.3 million for tram stop and station precinct works to improve accessibility
  • More train, tram and bus services - $66.9 million for bus services and timetable improvements.

Regional Rail Revival Program

  • Upgrading the Gippsland track - $435 million for track, station and stabling upgrades on the Gippsland line to run more trains more often to Victoria's East
  • Upgrading the Shepparton line and providing more services - $43.5 million to build new stabling and an extra passing loop on the Shepparton line to enable more train services from 2020
  • Maintaining the regional network - $316.4 million to support operational performance and capacity
  • Ensuring safer country crossings - $9.7 million to make crossings safer on the Warrnambool line.

New trains and trams

  • Providing more E-Class trams and infrastructure - $218.1 million for 10 new high-capacity, low-floor E-Class trams and associated infrastructure to run more services and carry more passengers
  • Investing in regional trains - $289.6 million for 39 new VLocity carriages and to re-design VLocity trains, and $12.5 million to refurbish the existing train fleet

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