Metro rail Tunnel: Melbourne needs it, so let’s build it

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The Age: Metro rail Tunnel: Melbourne needs it, so let’s build it Adam Carey Transport Reporter for The Age April 16, 2015

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announce the Metro Rail Tunnel project. Photo: Jesse Marlow

ANALYSIS

It is difficult to overstate how badly Melbourne needs the Metro rail tunnel.

The city has an extensive train network, but it is a colonial relic and beginning to split at the seams.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Melbourne says the federal government will not re-direct funding for East West Link to the Metro Rail Tunnel. Photo: Eddie Jim

A hundred years ago Melbourne’s population was 1.3 million. Today it’s 4.4 million. In that time the only significant expansions that have been added to the rail network are the City Loop and the Glen Waverley line.