Election 2022: Labor putting Victorian commuters in the loop

By Tom Ravlic

May 10, 2022

Anthony Albanese and Dan Andrews go hi viz. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has been joined by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on the election trail to spruik a suburban rail loop that will connect remote parts of Victoria to each other without commuters needing to travel into the city centre.

The Victorian transport system currently requires commuters to go into Flinders Street station, Southern Cross station, or the City Loop before they can travel in another direction.

An Albanese administration would invest $2.2 billion into the project that will consist of 90 kilometres of rail line that will link all of Victoria’s major rail lines to Melbourne airport.

The Labor promise proposes 26km twin underground tunnels starting from six stations: Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Burwood, Glen Waverley and Box Hill. 

“The SRL will create 800 early direct jobs during early works for SRL East, which will commence in 2022 and support many thousands as the project enters major construction.,” the Labor announcement says.

Albanese said infrastructure projects such as this suburban rail loop shape cities and states.

“This project will change how Melburnians live and how they interact with their city. I won’t be a prime minister that uses infrastructure to play political games, I will be a prime minister who invests in the projects that matter,” Albanese said.

The cash splash on the rail loop follows a $400 million investment announcement in South Australia made by Albanese while he went state hopping across three jurisdictions for Flinders Medical Centre.

“This facility has fantastic human beings, but the infrastructure could be better. It’s obvious as you go around that that is the case. And that’s why this commitment, a joint commitment between Labor federally and the Malinauskas South Australian Government of $400 million to build 160 new beds at this facility, is so important,” Albanese said in South Australia yesterday.

“It will also lead to the upgrading and expanding of the mental health centre, expanded ICU, new operating theatres, expanded medical imaging, brand new eye surgery clinic, upgraded care for older people.”


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