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Investigating Faster Rail Linkages Between Our Cities and Surrounding Regional Areas

The 2017 Budget includes a commitment by the Government to investigate improvements to the rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas through $20 million in funding to support the development of business cases.

This measure will support the continued economic success of cities and their surrounding regions by investigating options for faster travel times, rail and rolling stock upgrades, and new infrastructure.

The Government recognises that there have been a number of proposals in recent years put forward for faster rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas. This is an opportunity to investigate some of those proposals and encourage new thinking about making improvements elsewhere.

The process will involve:

  • issuing a prospectus
  • a call for initial proposals by September 2017
  • the awarding of funding by the Commonwealth for up to three business cases
  • finalised business cases assessed by Infrastructure Australia
  • decisions by the Commonwealth about potential project funding in 2018.

The prospectus will be published on this website in June 2017.

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Last Updated: 9 May, 2017