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Business Case announcement


Daniel Andrews – Premier of Victoria

The business case clearly shows that this is a project of great strength. It stacks up, even on the most conservative of measures.

[Vision: Aerial shot of Melbourne. Caption: There is a strong economic case for expanding the inner core of the Melbourne Rail network to meet current demand and expected growth. Melbourne Metro will provide capacity to move an additional 39,000 passengers during each peak period]

This is the best part of 4,000 jobs in Victoria, 39,000 extra passengers able to move through the rail network every morning peak.

[Vision: Aerial shot of the Sunbury train line. Animation shows two moving blue lines representing trains heading into Sunbury station. The lines turn orange to indicate the start of the Melbourne Metro tunnel and stop at the proposed Arden station]

This is a really significant project and now it's time for us to have a true partnership between our government, the federal government and the private sector to be able to deliver this and to deliver it well.

[Vision: North Melbourne with Weston Milling silo in background. Caption: Arden: Connecting growth. A web of lines join titles: Docklands, West Melbourne, Parkville, North Melbourne, CBD. Wide shot of North Melbourne Town Hall. Caption: Arden: Access to 12,000 jobs, 7,000 residents in 2031]

We've contributed $4.5b to this project and we'd like the federal government to consider the business case, to look at the positive benefits that come from this amazing project and to be a partner with us. New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, all of these cities are making these sorts of investments or already have, so that they can have a turn-up-and-go public transport system.

[Vision: High angle shot of a group of pedestrians crossing the street, fading into focus. Pedestrians walking through a crowded street. Time lapse of commuters exiting the gates at Melbourne Central Station]

No need for a timetable, services are so regular that you can simply arrive and get first class public transport where you need to go.

[Vision: Aerial shot of Melbourne, moving orange lines representing Melbourne Metro travel towards proposed CBD North station. Shot of Melbourne Central, trams moving through intersection. Caption: Annual trips on the rail network: 89 million trips in 1980-81. 227.5 million trips in 2014-15]

Jacinta Allan – Minister for Employment & Minister for Public Transport

As well as being a project that unlocks the core of our public transport network, this is indeed a public transport infrastructure project for the whole of the state.

There are benefits for the outer suburbs, the outer suburbs that are growing quickly.

[Vision: Aerial shot of Melbourne, moving orange lines travelling towards Parkville. Wide shot of medical precinct. Caption: Parkville: National employment cluster. Titles: health services, biotechnology, medical research, education]

For regional Victorians they will have access to the Parkville precinct: the important medical and education precinct. They'll be able to catch the train there for the first time.

[Vision: High angle shot of Melbourne University Square. Caption: Parkville: Access to 45,000 jobs, 14,000 residents, 70,000 tertiary students in 2031]

You'll be able to get on the train in Gippsland, get on a train in Ballarat and come into that precinct in a way that people have not been able to access, from regional Victoria, before.

[Vision: Aerial shot of proposed Parkville station]

And these are just some of the many examples of why we need to push on with Melbourne Metro to deliver more services but also increase reliability across our public transport system.