The Linking Victoria was a State Government program launched in 1999 by the Premier, Steve Bracks, to upgrade transport infrastructure in Victoria, Australia. If implemented, the estimate cost of the program would have been $3.5 billion, including improvements to road, rail and port networks.
Elements of the program included:
- an airport rail link from Melbourne Airport into central Melbourne. Funds were committed in 2017/18 by State and Federal governments for preparation of a business case.
- Regional Fast Rail project upgrading passenger rail links in regional Victoria, completed in 2009.
- reopening country railway lines, including those to Bairnsdale, Ararat and Mildura. The latter project has been deferred.
- Geelong Freeway upgrade.
- standardisation of railway gauges (deferred, and partially restarted in 2008).
- Eastern Freeway extension to Ringwood. Completed in 2008.
- duplication of the Calder Highway to Bendigo. Completed on 20 April 2009.
- accident blackspot road safety program.
- development of the Port of Melbourne, constructing the Dock Link Road, investigating reinstatement of the Webb Dock railway line.
- joint private/public sector major redevelopment of Spencer Street station.
- "DOI - Linking Victoria". www.dpi.vic.gov.au. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
- "PREMIER UNVEILS LINKING VICTORIA PLAN TO BOOST JOBS AND INVESTMENT". Mirrored at www.railpage.org.au. 2000-02-28. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
- Melbourne Airport rail link
- www.linkingvictoria.vic.gov.au - official site