Victorian Government tight-lipped on Murray Basin Rail Project

Premier Daniel Andrews announcing funding for the Murray Basin Rail Project in 2015. Rail advocates are anxious to see the now-delayed project finished.
Premier Daniel Andrews announcing funding for the Murray Basin Rail Project in 2015. Rail advocates are anxious to see the now-delayed project finished.

THE Victorian Government is tight-lipped about how much the Murray Basin Rail Project will cost, even as rail industry figures admit there are “rumours” the project is over budget.

Small grain growing communities in Victoria’s north-west are anxiously awaiting the standardisation of the Sea Lake and Manangatang rail lines: works which have been delayed and left without a confirmed start date.

Rail Freight Alliance chief executive Reid Mather said there were “rumours” about the rail upgrades being over budget but stressed the importance of the project’s completion, regardless of the final cost.

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