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Sheed seeks assurance over Sunshine Rail Tunnel

September 09, 2019

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has written to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan seeking an assurance the proposed rail tunnel between the Melbourne CBD and Sunshine Station is not in jeopardy.

Forming a crucial part of the Airport Rail Link and potential Regional Fast Rail network, the tunnel was flagged ahead of the 2018 election.

“The construction of this tunnel is crucial to the future Regional Fast Rail network proposed for Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and my electorate of Shepparton,” Ms Sheed said.

“I am concerned by media reports last week and the uncertainty of language expressed by the Premier on ABC radio on Wednesday that the tunnel’s future is not assured.”

The critical tunnel and Sunshine hub form the backbone of a proposed Regional Fast Rail network that will revolutionise the regions and provide rapid public transport between Victoria’s regional hubs and the Melbourne CBD.

“Regional Fast Rail is a potential game changer for the regions and forms an important part of future metro and regional population policy,” Ms Sheed said.

“These projects are expensive, but they future proof the infrastructure needs of our state, lift the desirability of the regions and disperse our growing population.

“I have called on the Andrews Government to recommit in full to this vital project.”

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Myles Peterson 0467 035 840│myles.peterson@parliament.vic.gov.au

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