Bendigo Metro Rail

The Victorian Government committed $2 million towards the Bendigo Metro Rail project. The project aimed to deliver a commuter train service for Bendigo, with an increased number of services running from Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat to Bendigo.

On Friday 11 December 2015, the Minister for Public Transport released a response to taskforce recommendations and announced the first stage of the Bendigo Metro Rail project.

Taskforce recommendations

A Community Consultative Taskforce was established to oversee consultation and prepare recommendations for consideration by the Minister for Public Transport.

Extensive consultation was undertaken within the community as well as input from the City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo Bank, La Trobe University Bendigo Campus and representatives from the school community.

Over 600 community submissions helped to inform the development of the taskforce recommendations which were delivered to the Minister for Public Transport on 7 August 2015.

The project taskforce put forward 14 recommendations to be delivered over three stages. A full list of taskforce recommendations can be found in the Bendigo Metro Rail recommendation report Bendigo Metro Rail recommendations report.pdf (PDF 452.79 KB)PDF icon or the Summary of recommendations fact sheet. Bendigo Metro Rail Summary of Recommendations. (PDF 47.17 KB)PDF icon

Victorian Government's response to recommendations

On Friday 11 December 2015, the Minister for Public Transport released a response to the taskforce recommendations and announced the first stage of the Bendigo Metro Rail project.

Stage one will deliver a significant increase in trains for Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat and will commence on 31 January 2016 with:

  • A further 10 trains each weekday for Epsom Station
  • All weekday trains between Bendigo and Melbourne stopping at Kangaroo Flat
  • An evening train from Southern Cross extended to Eaglehawk
  • Bendigo line customers will also benefit from an extra carriage on four other trains.

Full details of the Victorian Government's response to the taskforce recommendations can be found in Bendigo Metro Rail – Response to recommendations. Bendigo-Metro-Rail-Response-to-recommendations.PDF (PDF 689.06 KB)PDF icon

More information about stage one is available on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Publications

Media releases

11 December 2015 - First Stage Of Bendigo Metro And More Peak Hour Trains
7 August 2015 - Report Delivered On The Future Of Bendigo Metro Rail
23 April 2015 - Have your say on Bendigo Metro Rail
13 March 2015 - Edwards to lead taskforce on Bendigo Metro

Contact

For more information on the Bendigo Metro Rail project, please visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website or call 1800 800 007 (6am - midnight daily).

Page last reviewed on 19 August 2016

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