Guy vows to shelve Vic suburban rail loop

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The Victorian opposition has pledged to suspend the government’s $35 billion rail line if it wins the November state election.

On Wednesday, the leader of the state Liberals, Matthew Guy, promised to instead pour the money into Victoria’s health system, which he said has been plagued by years of mismanagement and neglect.

The Liberal Nationals in Victoria have described the commuter rail loop as the most expensive and under-reviewed project in Australian history.

Mr Guy has promised to mothball the section from Cheltenham to Box Hill in Melbourne’s east.

The government said the first part of the project, encompassing the eastern section, would cost between $30 billion and $35 billion.

“This November, Victorians face a clear choice. A choice between rebuilding Victoria’s broken healthcare system immediately or a train line 13 years from now,” Mr Guy said.

“As prime minister, my first priority will be to resolve the health crisis.”

The opposition has pledged to upgrade hospitals across the state and build major new health centers in Melton, Mildura, West Gippsland and Wodonga, as well as a dedicated infectious disease response centre.

Additionally, he has pledged to halve Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists in his first four years if elected, and to provide free public transport to more than 260,000 Victoria workers. health.

“Our plan is to restore the confidence of Victorians,” Mr Guy said.

“Confidence that an ambulance will arrive, an emergency call will be answered and essential health care will be available when needed.”

The state government has been a strong supporter of the commuter rail loop project, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying late last year it would be expensive, “it costs so much more if you don’t build it”.

Construction of the first phase of the works is expected to be completed by 2035.

Trains would take three to four minutes between six stations, with a journey from Cheltenham to Box Hill taking a total of 22 minutes.

The service would carry around 70,000 passengers every day and connect people to jobs, health services, schools and universities once considered too hard to reach, Mr Andrews said.

The second section of the 90 kilometer orbital rail line, the northern part, would run from Box Hill to Melbourne Airport.

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