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Warrnambool Line Funding Highlights Federal Budget

The Warrnambool Line is one of the regions major wins from the Federal Government's budget announcement, with a combined $260 million dollars put forth for stage two of the project.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said their $208 million investment would have significant benefits for the region.

"It will see the line further upgraded so it can take VLocity trains, that will see more services and quicker services which is great for the South West community, who have been advocating and campaigning for this" Mr Tehan said.

The project is expected to support 640 direct and indirect jobs based on Australian Government estimates.

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The State Government's Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan, confirmed they will add $52 million dollars in funding for the second stage.

"This next stage of works on the Warrnambool Line will mean we'll see around 50 level crossings upgraded, enabling additional stabling capacity at Warrnambool and also for VLocity's to run on the track"

Warrnambool City Mayor Cr Tony Herbert welcomed the funding, saying he believes it will mean VLocity rolling stock will be on the track sooner.

"This paves the way for VLocity rolling stock to be put on the line, we've been told from the State Government for a number of months now that VLocity rolling stock could be up to 5 years away"

"With this announcement, we are seeing that happening much sooner I believe, because once the track is finished and they're talking between mid 2023 and the end of 2023, it's then up to the State Government to give us the rolling stock which our track will be able to take".

Stage two of the project is expected to start in mid-2021

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