Back to a point where commuters can hope

Updated May 18 2016 - 4:59pm, first published 3:05pm

It was ten years ago to the day The Courier ran a front page story on the prospect of having the rail journey to Melbourne clock in at under an hour with upgrades to the metropolitan track system. The nightmare that is outer Melbourne’s insatiable urban sprawl and 90 minute car crawls to work, made the idea of 60 minutes of productive quiet time on a modern train a delicious prospect. The concept tied in beautifully to the then Bracks Government’s approach to decentralisation and growing the regions and was part of a substantial investment in the long declining regional rail network.   

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