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High-speed rail to accelerate regional opportunities in Victoria

Text Box: DATE: 3 October 2018
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High-speed rail to accelerate regional opportunities in Victoria

Victoria’s passenger rail network will be transformed into a European-style rail network under a plan announced by the Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy MP.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said regional high-speed rail infrastructure would connect regional workers and businesses, cutting travel times and creating more liveable regional cities and towns.

“Infrastructure investment is needed to tackle rising congestion as a result of Victoria’s significant population growth, which is projected to almost double to 10 million people by 2051,” said Mr Stone.

Mr Stone said comprehensive and connected infrastructure projects like these are important to business and all Victorians. These projects will support trade, help get people to where jobs are and improve liveability.

Regional Victoria contributes nearly 20 per cent of Victoria’s annual economic output. It’s home to over 130,000 businesses in agribusiness, tourism, advanced manufacturing, health care, education and retail trade. 

The Victorian Chamber calls for a bipartisan approach to ensure businesses and Victorians can benefit from an improved transport system.

Better infrastructure to connect regional workers and business was a key finding of the Victorian Chamber Transport Taskforce, and as a priority for business, is a part of our 2018 election platform, Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria

More information about the Victorian Chamber’s business priorities to accelerate regional opportunities and keep Victoria strong and competitive is available on our election campaign website: 

Media contact: Sam Nixon,, 0423 883 945

Background – About the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, established in 1851, is the most influential business organisation in Victoria, informing and servicing more than 15,000 members, customers and clients around the state.