Labor pledges funding for Melbourne rail loop

The federal opposition has pledged $300 million in Commonwealth funding for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop if it wins the next election.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said a Labor government will support the business case to expedite the construction process, which it intends to bring forward to 2022.

“This is the sort of vision Melbourne needs – to keep up with the demands of Australia’s fastest growing capital city, investment in world-class, modern transport network is critical,” Mr Albanese said.

On completion, the Suburban Rail Loop will comprise of a 90 kilometre rail line through Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs via the airport, linking all of the city’s major train lines.

“Expected to be used by 400,000 passengers a day, the project will take pressure off existing lines, as well as an estimated 200,000 cars off the city’s road network. Fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and shorter travel times,” Mr Albanese said.

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