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Why High Speed Rail is great for City of Casey

Families living in the City of Casey will be the beneficiaries of Matthew Guy’s plan to build European-style High Speed Rail across Victoria.

Melbourne’s population squeeze is putting enormous stress on our roads, public transport, schools and hospitals and that impacts everyone’s quality of life.

In the City of Casey the population squeeze is choking our suburbs.

With the City of Casey growing an average of 14,000 people per year, from 283,215 in 2014 to 327,380 in 2017, it is imperative that we find a solution to the overcrowding problem.

Unplanned, unmanaged population growth is killing our liveability.

That’s why we have to build European-style High Speed Rail to regional centres like Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland to give people living and working in Melbourne the opportunity to enjoy regional city living and commute in faster and more comfortable trains.

Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style High Speed Rail is the cornerstone of Matthew Guy’s plan to ease the population squeeze by decentralising our jobs and our population.

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

High Speed Rail will almost halve travel times between Melbourne and Geelong and between Melbourne and Traralgon.

Not only will travel times be much faster, travel will also be more comfortable.

A Liberal Nationals Government will fund two new fleets of new-generation, faster, city-flyer 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 further 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.

Melbourne is jam packed with a population of five million and growing by 2,700 people a week.

It’s no wonder Melburnians are feeling the squeeze of this explosive population growth.

Because there’s a huge increase in population in recent years, there’s also been a corresponding huge increase in the number of vehicles on our roads and passengers on our public transport.

Conservative estimates indicate there’s an additional 512,000 vehicles on Victoria’s roads since 2012 – a staggering 11.9% increase.

In combination with an additional 4.8 million train and 27.1 million tram passenger trips since 2014,

Melbourne’s existing transport infrastructure network is now at the point where it struggles to manage its fundamental role of getting people to and from work safely and efficiently.  And that negatively impacts on our city’s liveability and economic productivity.

Unless we start to take action now, on current population projections Melbourne will overtake Sydney by 2035.

That’s why 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.

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

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.

It will also see the substantial upgrade of every other major country rail service, to Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Swan Hill and Warrnambool as well as the reopening of currently closed passenger services to Donald, Mildura, Horsham and possibly Hamilton.

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.

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.

Only the Liberal Nationals will ease the squeeze on population growth and manage the right population growth in the right areas at the right time.


Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Daniel Andrews says it’s inevitable that Melbourne’s population will hit 8 million people in the next three decades. I don’t accept that. I say we need to decentralise our jobs and population throughout Victoria.

Daniel Andrews wants to cram another 3 million people into Melbourne but my plan is to move jobs and people into our regional cities.

That’s why we need European-style High Speed Rail to our regional cities.

High Speed Rail will slash travel times between Melbourne and Geelong to just 32 minutes. If you move to Ballarat and work in Melbourne, your commute time will be less than 45 minutes.

High Speed Rail will get more cars off our roads. That will cut congestion and make roads safer for all of us.

At the next election, Victorians will have a clear choice.

Victorians can choose more of the same catch-up, band-aid ideas from Daniel Andrews, or they can choose my comprehensive plan to decentralise our population and change the map of Victoria forever.”


Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne, Ann-Marie Hermans:

“Everyone in our community that I speak to tells me the local population squeeze is putting enormous stress on our roads, public transport, schools, hospitals and police and that impacts everyone’s quality of life.

Since Daniel Andrews was elected four years ago, Melbourne’s population has increased by around half a million people and 44,000 of that is in the City of Casey.

Daniel Andrews and Labor keep talking about growing Melbourne’s population from 5 million to 8 million people but they have no answers on where we are going to put 3 million more people. That’s going to be 3 million more people on Melbourne’s roads, trains, buses, schools and hospitals.

Crime is already out of control so another 3 million people is going to make it even worse.

The Liberal Nationals answer is to encourage people to move to our regional cities and that’s why building High Speed Rail is such a great idea for us locally.”

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