Melbourne’s population boom is putting enormous pressure on our transport infrastructure. Congestion on our roads and public transport systems means longer commutes in peak conditions that stretch for hours at both ends of the working day and weekends.
Metro One is underway, which is a gamechanger for Melbourne’s rail system, it will cut congestion with the promise of more trains more often. But Metro One also symbolises what’s wrong with the way transport and infrastructure projects are delivered. When Metro One opens in 2025, it will have taken 18 years from idea to delivery. RACV believes that’s too long and work needs to start now on planning for Metro Two.
Construction of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro One tunnel project, promising more trains more often, is well underway across the CBD.
Work is happening underground to build and connect five new stations, which will help to increase capacity and reduce congestion on the rail system.
RACV believes that Metro One is especially important to boost public transport capabilities as Melbourne’s population continues to grow, but to keep up with the changing needs of the state’s population, the Victorian Government needs to change the way it plans and delivers major infrastructure projects.
Instead of the current stop-start planning mentality, the state would benefit from a continuous and strategic flow of big projects to avoid halting progress.
RACV believes it’s time to begin planning Metro Two as a separate idea to the State Government’s proposed suburban rail loop. The skills from Metro One can be applied to this sister project, which is essential to deliver the infrastructure our growing city needs.
Metro Two would see a line running from Melbourne’s North East to connect through Parkville, the CBD, the new Fisherman’s Bend precinct to the South Western Suburbs via Newport.
It’s a much bigger and more complex project with many issues to consider, including the route, station locations, engineering, geo-technical planning, impacts on land and properties, and the overall economic benefit to the state.
RACV believes Metro Two is a top priority and the next natural link in a continuous chain of transport projects.
Authorised by Bryce Prosser, RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000