22 February 2011

Backtracking on regional rail is a perilous route for Victoria: The Age

THE AGE 22 FEB: Opinion by Jason Dowling, City Editor

Inaction speaks louder than the Coalition's words on an urgently needed upgrade.

DOES the Baillieu government have the memory of a goldfish? How else do you explain talk of possibly scrapping the $5 billion-plus Regional Rail Link.

Not so long ago, images of dangerously overcrowded platforms and packed trains dominated the news - a few additional services have not fixed the problem.

Melbourne's rail capacity is insufficient, particularly on key lines in the north and west that will benefit from the regional rail project.

The Regional Rail Link can, should and must be built, for the following reasons.

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