The Andrews Labor Government is building Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and ordering 70 new trains to transform Melbourne’s rail network, run more trains and carry more passengers in Richmond.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 fully funds the Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel – the biggest rail project in Australia.

The project gives the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD, freeing up space in the Loop to run more trains in and out of the City, including on the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines.

It includes new underground stations at Arden, Parkville and Domain, and two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central.

Sixty five brand new, high capacity trains – also fully funded by the Labor Government – will run on the line, freeing up more trains and more space across Melbourne.

The Labor Government will also deliver five new X’Trapolis trains, to further boost capacity on the Metropolitan network and support local jobs in our train building sector.

Work to remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings will continue, to reduce road congestion, improve public transport, and save lives.

The Victorian Budget also fully funds the Mernda Rail Extension and the Frankston Station Precinct Redevelopment.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“We’re building the Metro Tunnel and buying more trains to run more services for Richmond passengers.”

“The Metro Tunnel will allow us to run more trains in and out of the city on the Hurstbridge and South Morang line, meaning more trains more often for Richmond passengers.”

“Combined with more trains, better buses and removing 50 of our worst level crossings, it’s the biggest overhaul of public transport ever undertaken in Victoria.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is building a better public transport system for Melbourne, so people in Richmond can spend more time with family and friends, and less waiting on the platform or stuck in traffic.”

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