Transport the key focus for upcoming Victorian Election
Transport is shaping up to be a key area of focus for the upcoming state election, with big commitments from each of the major parties. We thought we’d take a closer look!
Heavy and light rail
Labor have committed to the Metro Tunnel Project, planning the Suburban Rail loop, an Airport Rail Link and a high speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong. They’ve also committed to 25 additional level crossings, multiple track duplications on the Hurstbridge line and the duplication of the rail line between Dandenong and Cranbourne on the Cranbourne line.
The Coalition have focused on regional high speed rail, with a view to decentralise Victoria and encourage growth in regional centres such as Bendigo and Ballarat. They’ve also committed to electrifying the rail line from Frankston to Baxter and extending the railway from Cranbourne to Clyde.
The Greens focus on making the public transport network more accessible and on establishing a high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney.
There have been no big election commitments from any party on light rail for the upcoming State Election.
The Coalition has committed to reviving the East West link, to commence the North East Link project, and remove up to 50 traffic light intersections. They have also pledged support to the Westgate Tunnel project.
Labor remain committed to the Westgate Tunnel, and have invested money in early planning for a North East Link.
The Greens will focus on improving bus networks and bike lanes and encouraging new alternatives to car ownership.
Freight and Ports
Labor and the Greens are both campaigning to implement intermodal freight strategies, prioritising the use of rail and ports for long distance freight movements over road.
Labor have promised investment into the coastal shipping industry and regional ports, and the Greens have expressed interest in establishing a freight planning body.
No matter who wins government later this month, young transport professionals are the certain winners as we look ahead to another period of extended growth in this vibrant and exciting industry.
We’ve tried to cover off most transport-related election promises, however acknowledge that we may have missed some things. If you’d like us to add something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with more information.
Please note that the YTP is in no way affiliated with any political party. We remain independent and committed to connecting young people in transport.