Infrastructure Australia evaluation
Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor, has positively assessed the business case for the Metro Tunnel project. The project has now been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Project.
"With the populations of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth projected to grow by more than 30 per cent in the next 15 years, we need world class mass transit systems integrated into existing transport systems in our major cities to enable people to efficiently travel for work and leisure," said Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive, Philip Davies.
"Melbourne Metro will be vital in improving accessibility to jobs located in central Melbourne—an area which accounts for around 6 per cent of Australia's Gross Domestic Product."
Mr Davies highlighted that the Metro Tunnel will provide much needed capacity increases for rail services into the Melbourne.
"The proposed Melbourne Metro would address network capacity constraints by enabling 20,000 more passengers to use Melbourne's rail network during each peak hour"
The business case evaluation summary for the Metro Tunnel is available from the Infrastructure Australia website.