First major Melbourne rail line in 80 years still six months off
Clay Lucas, City Editor
Source – The Age, published October, 2014
The stations are complete, the tracks are finished and it’s in good enough shape to run test trains at 160 km/h.
But Victorians won’t be using the Regional Rail Link – a new rail line through Melbourne’s west started under John Brumby, largely funded by Canberra, and soon to be completed under Denis Napthine – for another six months.
Originally proposed by then public transport minister Lynne Kosky in 2008, it is Melbourne’s first new major rail line in 80 years. It includes two new stations: Tarneit, and Wyndham Vale near Werribee.
Promised at a cost of $4.3 billion, the 44 kilometres of twin rail lines will be delivered for $4.1 billion.
It is now planned to formally open next April, when V/Line expects its next major timetable change to be released.
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