Minister for Public Transport media release 5 May 2015.
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget contains the biggest investment in public transport in Victoria’s history, with almost $20 billion worth of major transport infrastructure to get people home to their families safer and sooner.
The Budget lays the foundations for a public transport system able to move millions more people as Victoria grows into Australia’s most populous state.
The Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget commits up to $2.4 billion to kick start the removal of 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings and $1.5 billion for planning, design and significant early works on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
As announced this week, $2 billion will go towards new trains, trams and jobs for Victoria including:
$55.6 million is also provided for Stage 1 of Victoria’s first trial of High-Capacity Signalling, which will roll out on the Sandringham line.
The Budget includes $50 million to trial Homesafe – a plan for all night public transport on weekends, to begin on 1 January next year, that will get shift workers and late night travellers home safely.
Catching a bus around Melbourne will be easier and more convenient, with $100 million in the Budget for bus upgrades. This includes improved bus services to universities including La Trobe, Deakin, and Melbourne University.
Monash University will benefit from a $5 million investment to upgrade the Huntingdale Bus interchange, as well as $2.6 million for car parking improvements.
The parking allocation is part of a $18.8 million road and rail minor works fund, which will pay for critical maintenance and improvements to the transport network.
The Budget also includes:
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the transport projects that Victoria needs, so people can get to work and get back home to their families safer and sooner.”
“This investment is a part of the Labor Government’s plan for a high-capacity, high-frequency train system where you don’t need a timetable – you just turn up and go.”
“We’re getting on with it – transforming our public transport system, reducing congestion on our roads and improving safety and services for all Victorians.”