On Tuesday night the federal budget was released, revealing some major transport commitments for Melbourne.
Nearly one third of the government’s $24.5 billion infrastructure budget will be spent on Victorian road and rail.
In Melbourne’s southeast, $475 million has been set aside for a new rail line linking Monash University’s Clayton and Caulfield campuses.
And in other rail plans, $225 million will go towards electrifying the Frankston line through to Baxter station.
Another $50 million will go to duplicating the Melbourne to Geelong rail line, with new platforms at Marshall, South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations, and increased V/Line services.
The new rail projects go alongside the previously announced $5 billion for the proposed Airport Rail Link, to be built in the next ten years, with the expectation the state government will match Commonwealth funding.
$1.75 billion dollars will go the North East Link, which was announced in April last year. The road will connect the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway, through Banyule and Bulleen.
Elsewhere on the roads $140 million will go to urban congestion projects, and $132 million will fund the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.
Additional reporting by Jess Hall and Matilda Beaumont.