Metro Rail Project: Daniel Andrews does not have the luxury of time

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The Age: Metro Rail Project: Daniel Andrews does not have the luxury of time April 16, 2015 Josh Gordon State political editor for The Age

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Jacinta Allen pitch the Melbourne Metro Project. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Daniel Andrews is having what might be politely described as a difficult week following his deal to end the East West Link contract by agreeing to shoulder $420 million worth of costs.

More than anything, he desperately wants this mess swept away. Yet the issue is likely to bubble away for some months as information continues to rise to the surface.

In these circumstances, the best Andrews can hope is that voters will be persuaded to look the other way, which explains why he was out first thing this morning spruiking his alternative metro rail project.

The new rail line – which would dramatically increase the capacity of the entire network – will run down Swanston Street at a depth of just 10 meters.