Budget investment in road and rail
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invests $74 billion for major projects to make it quicker and easier for Victorian commuters to get around, across road and public transport.
A $27.4 billion investment for the Suburban Transport Blitz will radically shape our suburbs, including $3.4 billion to transform the suburban train network, with a massive upgrade to the Sunbury Line, Stage Two of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade and duplication of the Cranbourne Line.
A further $15.8 billion will fully fund North East Link to cut travel times by up to 35 minutes and return local roads to local drivers.
This year’s Budget delivers a further $6.6 billion to remove another 25 level crossings – bringing our total to 75 crossings gone by 2025 – cutting congestion and making our communities safer.
A further $608 million has been committed to fix local roads, along with $163 million for new and upgraded trams, and $45.4 million to improve bike and footpaths.
Regional roads will receive a $425 million investment, while $615 million will be dedicated to deliver reliable and connected public transport for our regional communities, including $340 million to build up to 18 new VLocity trains, replacing older trains on some of Victoria’s busiest regional lines.
As the Victorian Government continues the biggest transformation of our state’s road and rail, the Budget also considers the next set of big projects, with funding to plan Melbourne Airport Rail, Suburban Rail Loop and the Western Rail Plan.
And because the smallest projects can often make a big difference, the Budget is investing $45.4 million in new bike and pedestrian paths across Melbourne, including $27.3 million for safety upgrades and dedicated bike lanes on St Kilda Road.