Adjournment- Suburban Rail Loop
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (17:28:44): (981) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure also, and I promise I only have one request. The action I seek is for the minister to visit my electorate of Mount Waverley district to see the future home of one of the Suburban Rail Loop stops. We are very excited in Mount Waverley district to be part of this transformation of public transport—the biggest one ever—connecting Glen Waverley to every major rail line from Frankston to Werribee, and if you are talking about level crossings, I almost wish I had one just so I could ask and watch the Level Crossing Removal Project get in there and get rid of it. The Suburban Rail Loop will revolutionise the way my constituents and Victorians alike move around Melbourne. It will ease the demand on existing lines and encourage more Melburnians to make the swap from driving cars to tapping their Mykis. The rail loop is expected to create more than 20 000 jobs during its construction—20 000 jobs!—which is great news for our Victorian construction workers and apprentices, and I am excited to see the initial works on stage 1 underway in 2022.
Answer: Moving right along, I am delighted to respond to the member for Mount Waverley’s adjournment matter regarding a very kind invitation for me to come and visit the Mount Waverley electorate. Of course, as he has identified, there is a lot of excitement in his community at the opportunities that are going to come with the delivery of the Suburban Rail Loop, which of course is connecting every major train line in metropolitan Melbourne with an orbital rail network. The Glen Waverley line has been identified as one of those, and it is really going to open up opportunities for young people in the Mount Waverley area to get better access by train to universities, to TAFEs and to health precincts. It is really going to be transformative. It is going to take cars off local roads, it is providing better public transport services and it is about connecting people to jobs closer to where they live. And you can probably assume, member for Mount Waverley, that I would be delighted to come and visit the Mount Waverley electorate and talk further with you and local community members about this transformative project.
Further response provided 28 November 2019:
I thank the Member for his question about the Suburban Rail Loop and the transformative impact it will have on the electorate of Mount Waverley. I also thank the Member for Mount Waverley for his recognition of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to remove 75 dangerous and congested level crossings by 2025. In our first term, the Andrews Labor Government removed 30 of the 50 that were originally announced, and now we’ve added an additional 25, we won’t waste a single day delivering on that commitment.
The Premier and I were thrilled to join the Member for Mount Waverley in his electorate on Sunday, on the 12-month anniversary of the Andrews Labor Government’s re-election, to announce the progress that has been made on the Suburban Rail Loop. As the Member for Mount Waverley acknowledges, the Suburban Rail Loop will change the way Victorians move around our city forever, providing every Victorian with faster and easier access to major economic, health and education centres across Melbourne.
The first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop will connect Cheltenham to Box Hill and include a new station and interchange for passengers at Glen Waverley. The Suburban Rail Loop will connect the residents of Mount Waverley with every major rail line in metropolitan Melbourne, from the Frankston line to the Werribee line.
Construction on Stage 1 of the Suburban Rail Loop is expected to begin in 2022 and like our many other significant transport infrastructure commitments, including level crossing removals, the Andrews Labor Government won’t waste a moment delivering on it.
Hon Jacinta Allan MP
Minister for Transport Infrastructure