New road and rail projects
We are building the Metro Tunnel to free up the space to run more trains in and out of the city. It’s the biggest overhaul to the train network since the construction of the City Loop, and it will leave a legacy for the public transport system.
We're also improving the network by purchasing 65 high capacity trains, five X'Trapolis trains, extending the South Morang line to Mernda to service one of Victoria's fastest growing communities, upgrading the Hurstbridge line, and removing 50 of our most dangerous and congested level crossings to improve safety for everyone.
The Budget includes more than $7 billion to upgrade roads in suburbs and cities across the State, including the duplication of Yan Yean and Thompsons roads, the Drysdale Bypass, streamlining Hoddle Street, the Western Distributor, Monash Freeway upgrade, and road safety initiatives.
More schools than ever
The Budget invests over $924 million in new and upgraded school buildings, across the Education State.
Under the biggest school building program in Victoria’s recent history, scores of Victorian schools will be renovated, refurbished, maintained and rebuilt. New schools will be constructed and brand-new relocatable classrooms will meet demand at growing schools.
Huge boost for health
Victorians deserve a stronger and reliable health system. The Budget invests $982 million for new buildings, vital health equipment and projects to increase the capacity of our hospitals.
It’s all about saving lives, cutting waiting times on elective surgery lists, and ensuring Victorian hospitals can meet the needs of a growing population.
More for the regions
Regional Victoria is the big winner in this Budget. This Budget will create new jobs, bring new industries to regional cities, boost tourism and build the projects that locals and businesses need.
The 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne will allow for the creation of the $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund. It will boost exports and support Victorian farmers from paddock to port.
The Budget provides $1.3 billion to improve the regional rail network and increase reliability and connectivity. This includes upgrades and frequency improvements to lines servicing Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Shepparton and Warrnambool.