Rail loses, but roads, schools and health among Wyndham budget winners

Cade Lucas

Wyndham will get new schools, road upgrades and health equipment, but train passengers will wait longer for improved services following Tuesday’s state budget.

A new traffic management plan, school and infrastructure upgrades and hefty funding increases for some existing projects are among other benefits Wyndham will receive in a budget that was otherwise defined more by what wasn’t being funded that what was.

With cuts long expect to reel in state debt, the Geelong Fast Rail project was among many projects either delayed or scrapped altogether.

The knock-on effect means a further delay in the Western Rail Plan, which would see lines to Wyndham Vale and Melton electrified, but which is reliant on the Geelong line being built first.

Commuters in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit will at least be able to ride on more modern trains with the classic fleet being retired, though new VLocity trains will only

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