Liberal Nationals to transform north-west Victoria with return of Mildura passenger rail
A Liberal Nationals Government will bring back passenger rail to Mildura as part of our transformational plan to connect communities across Regional Victoria and decentralise our state.
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the Liberal Nationals’ visionary plan for regional rail will see passenger services returned to Mildura, with safety upgrades to level crossings and extended passing loops addressed as a priority.
“Our community has spoken loud and clear: the people of Mildura want their passenger train back and I thank all of those who have helped make this a reality,” Mr Crisp said.
“The Nationals’ have listened and our plan will transform rail services across Victoria and, most importantly, will bring a passenger rail service back to Mildura.
“It was The Nationals in State and Federal government that have made this plan possible by securing $440 million for the Murray Basin Rail project and, if we are elected again this November, we will invest a further $80 million into the Mildura line to make the level crossings safe and to extend passing loops.
“This is vital work that paves the way for passenger trains to return and when they do, there will be a high speed train at Ballarat that will make connection with Melbourne faster than ever.
“This is the game changer Mildura wants and needs, and I’ll work with our community to get it done.”
The Liberal Nationals’ plan for European-style high speed rail across Regional Victoria will revolutionise Victoria’s passenger rail network and is estimated to cost between $15 billion and $19 billion.
Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said when passenger rail returns to Mildura, faster services through in Western Victoria would better connect Mildura with services and jobs in nearby communities and in Melbourne.
“Daniel Andrews has been the Premier for Melbourne. A Liberal Nationals Government will be for all of Victoria, not just Melbourne,” Mr Walsh said.
“When we reduce travel times, we increase opportunities for people to live in one place and work in another.
“If we truly want to decentralise our state, we have to improve connectivity between our regional communities.”