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45 minutes to Melbourne! Opposition announces $19 Billion rail plan

03 Oct 2018

Chair Nick Beale, aka '59-minute Nick', has been outpaced by State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy's $19 billion rail plan. 

As reported in today's edition of the Herald Sun, " A $19 billion rebuilding of the regional railway network will introduce fast trains to Victoria if the Opposition wins November’s state election. Under the radical Coalition plan for 200 kmh train services, a Geelong–Melbourne journey would take as ­little as 32 minutes by 2022. And the duration of a journey between Ballarat and Melbourne would plummet to 45 minutes later in the decade".

You can read the full article here

The sub-hour train service to and from Melbourne has been a long-term priority for Committee for Ballarat members. Our #59minuteballarat campaign has been surpassed by this election promise and Chair Nick Beale couldn't be more pleased. See his response below.