The Victorian and Commonwealth Government spent $4.2 billion building the Regional Rail Link so that trains from Geelong and other regional cities could run to Southern Cross without being delayed by suburban trains.
No sooner was it finished than the RRL effectively became a suburban line itself, serving the mushrooming suburbs in Wyndham, with new stations at Tarneit and Wyndham Vale. More new stations are planned. Instead of speeding Geelong trains, it slowed them, and the fastest journey is now no better than in 1958 - almost 60 years ago. Hardly progress.
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