Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said he was pleased that the Morrison Government had delivered a $1.1 billion investment into transport infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
The latest funding injection builds on a series of state-wide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic which now total nearly $1.6 billion.
Mr Tehan said the Federal Government’s investment of $208 million for Stage 2 of the $260 million Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade would have significant benefits for the region. The project is expected to support 640 direct and indirect jobs based on Australian Government estimates.
This project will deliver further upgrades to the Warrnambool Rail Line that will complement the Australian Government initial investment of over $104 million into the $114 million Warrnambool Line Upgrade and works undertaken during Stage 1 of the project.
The Stage 2 upgrades will include track works to improve the ride quality, reliability and resilience of the line for passenger and freight rail services. These works will also assist with the introduction of modern VLocity-class trains onto the Warrnambool Rail Line and maximise the benefits of the new trains for passengers.
Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade will ensure people in our community get home sooner and safer, whilst also delivering more jobs locally,” Mr Tehan said.
Mr Tehan said” investing in passenger rail network infrastructure is essential for growing our region; it will improve passenger rail services, improve connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets, and improve freight rail services. Infrastructure investment like this project will support the rebuilding of the region’s economy.
This project is expected to start in mid-2021 and is expected to be finished by late 2023.
“Today’s announcement is another crucial step the Morrison Government is taking in mapping out Wannon’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”