Train travel times from Colac to Melbourne could take 65 minutes if the Liberal Nationals coalition wins next month’s state election.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy this week promised a $19-billion high-speed rail network for Victoria, including Colac’s Warrnambool-to-Melbourne line and a Geelong metro service.
Mr Guy said a high-speed rail network would help the region’s growth by giving Victorians more options for affordable housing, more lifestyle choices and more employment opportunities.
A Liberal party spokesperson said estimated travel time for Colac to Geelong was 33 minutes, Colac to Melbourne 65 minutes, and Colac to Warrnambool 47 minutes, with trains expected to travel at up to 200 kilometres an hour.
The Geelong metro lines will operate from Colac to Bannockburn via Geelong as well as a service from Werribee to Waurn Ponds via Geelong, linking with local bus services.
“This announcement means big things for Bannockburn, Winchelsea, Birregurra, Colac, Camperdown and Terang,” Polwarth MP Richard Riordan said.
“This will help solve our employment crisis, boom our tourism and get western Victorians connected with Geelong and Melbourne.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.