Transport the key focus for upcoming Victorian Election

Transport is shaping up to be a key area of focus for the upcoming state election, with big commitments from each of the major parties. We thought we’d take a closer look!

Heavy and light rail

  • Labor have committed to the Metro Tunnel Project, planning the Suburban Rail loop, an Airport Rail Link and a high speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong. They’ve also committed to 25 additional level crossings, multiple track duplications on the Hurstbridge line and the duplication of the rail line between Dandenong and Cranbourne on the Cranbourne line.

  • The Coalition have focused on regional high speed rail, with a view to decentralise Victoria and encourage growth in regional centres such as Bendigo and Ballarat. They’ve also committed to electrifying the rail line from Frankston to Baxter and extending the railway from Cranbourne to Clyde.

  • The Greens focus on making the public transport network more accessible and on establishing a high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney.

  • There have been no big election commitments from any party on light rail for the upcoming State Election.


  • The Coalition has committed to reviving the East West link, to commence the North East Link project, and remove up to 50 traffic light intersections. They have also pledged support to the Westgate Tunnel project.

  • Labor remain committed to the Westgate Tunnel, and have invested money in early planning for a North East Link.

  • The Greens will focus on improving bus networks and bike lanes and encouraging new alternatives to car ownership.

Freight and Ports

  • Labor and the Greens are both campaigning to implement intermodal freight strategies, prioritising the use of rail and ports for long distance freight movements over road.

  • Labor have promised investment into the coastal shipping industry and regional ports, and the Greens have expressed interest in establishing a freight planning body.

No matter who wins government later this month, young transport professionals are the certain winners as we look ahead to another period of extended growth in this vibrant and exciting industry.

We’ve tried to cover off most transport-related election promises, however acknowledge that we may have missed some things. If you’d like us to add something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with more information.

Please note that the YTP is in no way affiliated with any political party. We remain independent and committed to connecting young people in transport.

YTP Panel Discussion at Aurecon: Technological Innovation Disrupting the Transport Industry

My name is Jordan Hannagan, and I have recently been nominated to the position of YTP Events Coordinator. Over the next year, my aim is to organise exciting and engaging events for our members, which I hope will create great networking opportunities while also providing insight into the current happenings of the transport industry.

A fortnight ago, we held our first event as a new committee in conjunction with Aurecon. The focus of this panel-style discussion was technological innovation disrupting the transport industry. We were joined by:

  • Aaron Belbasis – Computational Design Specialist from Aurecon
  • Sinead Collins – Principle Structures Engineer and Digital Champion at Rail Projects Victoria
  • Lauren Beattie – Senior Strategic Planner with the City of Melbourne
  • Marcus Morrison, Manager Control Systems Software at Metro Trains Melbourne

Our panellists were led in an insightful discussion by facilitator Mark Roberts, Technical Director at Aurecon.

The panellists highlighted the importance of data, explaining how it should be treated as an asset, how data-driven approaches are streamlining project delivery and how data can be used to monitor and improve the performance of a busy suburban rail network. They also touched on how disruptive technologies are impacting the transport landscape, such as how companies like Uber have changed the way we get around and what impact those changes will have on future transport planning.

As the future leaders of the transport industry, members of YTP will be the driving force for adopting innovative digital strategies, and being ready to embrace exciting new technologies. With such big changes transforming the way the transport industry operates, it’s certainly an exciting time to be in transport.

Special thanks to Nichelle Naluz from Aurecon for her assistance in organising the event, and to our expert panellists for offering their time!

If you are interested in learning more about how new, exciting technology is being used to support a data focused approach to transport, read about how Transport for NSW are applying the Internet of Things to passenger and asset data collection here.

We’re committed to connecting young people in transport, and to help achieve that we’re always planning new events. We’ve got another event coming up shortly with Downer, and we’re in the early stages of organising some exciting events for early next year. Of course, stay tuned for an invite to our annual lawn bowls event, which will kick-off a year of great events. We’re always on the lookout for event speakers and interested to hear about exciting new event formats. If you’d like to hear from a particular expert, have an event idea or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

We’ll see you at Downer on Thursday 15 November, otherwise I look forward to meeting you at our next event.