THE Labor state goverment has put reduplication of the Bendigo to Kyneton rail line on its list of election promises, falling short of announcing a green light for a new track but saying re-elected Labor would plan for an upgrade.
“I think it is always important to do the hard work to make sure services can cope with growth into the future, it is always about updating and upgrading,” said premier Daniel Andrews in Bendigo this morning.
“On the issue of the Bendigo to Kyneton (track), that detailed planning needs to be done because it may be that there are sections that have to be duplicated, passing loops, we will leave it to the engineers to give us the very best advice.”
The City of Greater Bendigo and the Public Transport Users Association have previously called for complete duplication.
It would reverse a previous Labor government’s decision to reduce the line to a single track in order to allow for better clearance past heritage structures, although some double was retained in order to create long passing loops.
Mr Andrews also announced in Bendigo the government would build three new stations if re-elected, at Huntly, Goornong and Raywood, although public transport minister Jacinta Allan said she was unaware of the projected usage of the latter two stations because they had been decommissioned.
Planning would also get underway to reopen the Harcourt Station.
The work is estimated to cost almost $50 million and marks the next stage of the Bendigo Metro project.