Investing in transport to keep Victoria moving
As Victorians start to head back to work, visit family and friends across the state, and head out on a well-deserved break, our transport network will only get busier.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 includes a significant investment in better roads and rail, new technology, and vital maintenance to keep Victoria safe as the state moves towards COVID Normal.
Victoria’s ageing A and Z class trams will be progressively replaced with 100 modern, accessible trams, and a new maintenance facility will be developed to keep our rolling stock on track and up to scratch.
The $1.48 billion investment is the largest tram order in Victoria for decades and will support close to 1,900 local manufacturing and supply chain jobs at the peak of production. This will also build the state’s advanced manufacturing capability, helping Victorian workers and businesses develop skills in cutting-edge transport technology.
Work to transition to a zero-emissions bus fleet will also continue, with a $20 million trial of zero-emission buses to keep Victorians moving at no cost to the planet.
Tourists driving on one of Australia’s most scenic roads will benefit from a safer journey, with a $255 million investment in improvements to the Great Ocean Road and surrounds, delivering a pipeline of over 390 local jobs.
A further $48 million investment will strengthen bridges and replace older intelligent transport systems with new more modern technology, and $31.4 million in upgrades on freight routes will improve journeys for farmers and processors in Victoria’s vital south-west dairy supply chain.
The Building Works economic stimulus package will also be supported, with a further $411 million to resurface, rebuild and maintain 1,700 kilometres of roads, delivering stronger and smoother roads right across the state.
A $117 million package of road and intersection upgrades across Melbourne will improve safety and get people home sooner, while $63.4 million will support safer journeys to and from school, building new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure across Victoria.
Clean and safe travel on vital services like public transport and commercial passenger vehicles will be sustained through a $438.1 million investment. A further $187.6 million will go towards upgrades and maintenance on our V/Line network.
With Victorians on track to experience a COVID Normal summer, a $2.5 million investment in the Summer Streets program will provide traffic management to keep communities safe during COVID safe outdoor events.
And as more Victorians head outside to enjoy time with their friends and families, the Maribyrnong boat ramp will receive a $1.6 million upgrade to give boaters and fishers better access to the water.
A further $9 million to transform vacant rail buildings in regional Victoria for community use.