07 September 2012

Premier backs metro tunnel despite funding doubt

The new under ground rail line will enable many more peak services

ABC RADIO NEWS: Victoria's Premier has told an infrastructure conference the Government is determined to get plans for Melbourne's metro rail tunnel off the ground.
The nine-kilometre tunnel would stretch from South Kensington to South Yarra, with five underground stations.
The project has been designed to let the rail network carry an extra 24,000 passengers per hour.
Ted Baillieu has told an infrastructure conference in Melbourne the Government is serious about the tunnel, even though it still has to find the money to build it.
"There has been some investment from state and commonwealth for that preliminary work but more work needs to be done," he said.
"This is about getting the preliminary work done and building the business case."
The Government has committed almost $50 million for planning.
It has also applied to Infrastructure Australia for federal funding, but no money has been allocated so far.
Mr Baillieu says the Government has declared the tunnel a major project, which means planning work can start.
Labor's Tim Pallas says the Government needs to commit to funding the project itself, not just money for planning.
"Victorians can't ride a plan to work and they expect the Government to get on with the job," he said.
"What the Premier has announced today is an administrative management process for a project he's nowhere near starting."

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