Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Public Transport Victoria CEO Ian Dobbs released the Network Development Plan - Metropolitan Rail detailing what needs to be done in four stages to cope with rail patronage that is expected to double by 2031.
Stage one (up to 2016) includes:
> Regional Rail Link (RRL), including Tarneit and Wyndham Vale stations, Southern Cross platforms 15/16
> Seven new trains and associated stabling and power upgrades
> Hurstbridge line upgrade and Eltham stabling
> An initial order for up to 33 new high capacity trains, each capable of initially carrying up to 1100 passengers and capable of being extended up to 220 metres in length
> 40 new V/Locity carriages
> Williams Landing Station
> Grovedale Station
> Southland Station
> High capacity signalling trial on Sandringham line.
Stage two (within 10 years)
> The Melbourne Metro rail tunnel project, a nine-kilometre rail tunnel between South Kensington and South Yarra via the CBD and five new inner-city stations
> Duplication of the rail line to Melton
> Dandenong Rail Corridor Upgrade
> Deliver initial order of up to 33 high capacity trains, order and deliver a further 70 trains
> Installation of high capacity signalling on the Sandringham, South Morang and Hurstbridge lines and between Sunbury and South Yarra.
Stage three (with in 15 years)
> A new line to Melbourne Airport
> A new line to Rowville
> South Morang services diverted into a new tunnel between Clifton Hill and Southern Cross, allowing construction of a new line to Doncaster
> Electrification to Melton
> Order and deliver extra high capacity trains
> High capacity signalling (Northern and Cross-City groups)
> Continuation of Dandenong Rail Corridor Upgrade.
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