Murray Basin Rail Project

The Murray Basin Rail Project will deliver important upgrades to our rail freight network to meet increasing demand for freight services.

The project will drive economic growth, create jobs and provide a major boost to the transport industry, agricultural sector and regional communities.

It will play an important role in supporting freight mode shift from road to rail, removing around 20,000 truck trips from our roads to the ports and improving safety for regional communities.

The project involves standardising the rail freight lines servicing the Murray Basin region in the north-west of Victoria. The project will also increase axle loading on these lines from 19 to 21 tonnes.

These improvements will mean the freight industry in the Murray Basin region will be able to deliver exports to Victoria's ports in a more efficient and cost-competitive way.

Most importantly, transport logistics costs will be reduced for our industries and primary producers and works will ensure our rail network can meet the future freight demands of our state.

Following an assessment of the business case and consultation with freight industry and regional communities, the Victorian Government has committed $220 million to the $416 million project. Victoria hopes to partner with the Commonwealth to help deliver the remainder of the funding required for this project of critical importance to Victorian and Australian freight.

To find out more about the Murray Basin Rail Project please visit Public Transport Victoria's project website.

Page last reviewed on 5 April 2017

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