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A private consortium involving Melbourne Airport and Metro trains are offering to invest an extra $2 billion to build a dedicated track from the CBD to Melbourne’s West as part of the airport rail project.

A week after the Napthine government handed down its election year budget, the federal budget had few infrastructure surprises for Victoria.

Confirmed was $1.5 billion in funding for the second stage of the East West Link from the Port of Melbourne to the Western Ring Road.

There was no funding for Premier Denis Napthine's planned $8.5-$11 billion Melbourne Rail Link project from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross, South Melbourne, Domain and South Yarra.

The Federal Government has pledged $100 billion in infrastructure investment over the next decade in its 2019-20 Budget, up from $75 million from last year, with road and rail the big winners.

Readers of this blog know that posts do not set out to be partisan, despite leanings to the left. But the flaws in the Labor side are often glaring while the strengths in the Liberal side are often missed by commentators and rail fans alike.

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