Regional Rail Revival

On 27 June 2017 the Victorian Government secured Commonwealth funding to revive Victoria's regional rail network, including the creation of over 1000 jobs in regional Victoria.

The $1.6 billion package includes:

  • $516.6 million Ballarat Line Upgrade already under way, with an extra $39 million for Stage 2 of the project which will deliver better services for Ararat and Maryborough.
  • $530 million will be invested on the Gippsland line, creating 400 local jobs with $435 million for major upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon, and $95 million to replace the Avon River Bridge. These upgrades will enable more frequent, reliable services between Melbourne and Traralgon, and improve services to Bairnsdale.
  • $110 million Waurn Ponds Duplication project (stage 1), which includes Armstrong Creek transit corridor reservation.
  •  $114 million will be pumped into the Warrnambool line to upgrade track and signalling to enable more services and new VLocity trains to run to all the way to Warrnambool.
  • $140 million will be provided for track, signalling and station improvements on the North East Line, paving the way for better services and a next generation of train for services to Albury.
  • Passengers in Bendigo and Echuca will also benefit, with $91 million in upgrades to run faster trains, an extra daily service to Echuca, and delivery of Bendigo Metro Stage 2 with more services to Epsom and Eaglehawk.
  • $10 million to plan for an improved freight network in and around Shepparton and ensure it is not negatively affected by future increases to passenger services on the line.
  • Over $20 million for the $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project.

Warrnambool Line Upgrade – $114 million

Delivering extra services, shorter journey times, and paving the way to run VLocity trains to Warrnambool. Including:

  • A crossing loop at Boorcan or Weerite
  • Signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool
  • Level crossing upgrades

Waurn Ponds Duplication and Surf Coast Rail - $110 million

Developing the Armstrong Creek and Torquay transit corridor, and paving the way for Waurn Ponds track duplication, including:

  • a second platform and pedestrian crossing at Waurn Ponds
  • Torquay and Armstrong Creek Transit Corridor reservation
  • additional planning for future stages

Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade - $91 million

Delivering extra services and shorter journey times for Bendigo and Echuca lines, through:

  • Signalling Upgrades
  • Bendigo to Eaglehawk and Epsom track speed upgrades between Bendigo and Echuca

Ballarat Line Upgrade Stage 1- $516.6 million

  • Deer Park West to Hopkins Road track duplication
  • Hopkins Road to Rockbank track duplication
  • Rockbank to Melton track duplication
  • Rockbank replacement carpark
  • Bacchus Marsh new platform & pedestrian link; Bacchus March removal of stabling
  • New stabling at Rowsley
  • Ballan passing loop; Ballan new platform & pedestrian link
  • Warrenheip track duplication; Spreadeagle passing loop

Ballarat Line Upgrade Stage 2 -  $39 million

  • Ararat Stabling; Signalling Upgrades and track work to improve passenger and freight movements around Ballarat

North-East Line Upgrade  - $140 million

Delivering station upgrades  to support the growing suburbs of Donnybrook and Wallan, and preparing the corridor for new trains, including station works at Donnybrook and Wallan stations and supporting infrastructure for new standard gauge trains and track improvements

Gippsland Rail Line Upgrade - $435 million

  • Early Works; Level crossing detection upgrades Pakenham - Traralgon; Upgrading waterway structures at Morwell River
  • Bunyip - Longwarry track duplication
  • Morwell and Moe; Morwell Station; Morwell Crossing Loop; Extend track duplication near Moe towards Traralgon
  • Traralgon Towards Morwell Duplication
  • Second platform at Traralgon Station; Relocation of stabling; Modernise signalling

Gippsland Rail Line Upgrade Stage 2 - $95 million

  • Avon River Bridge replacement

Shepparton Freight Network Planning - $10 million

  • Planning to better understand the impact on the freight network of increased passenger services to and from Shepparton and to identify infrastructure improvements to enhance freight capacity

Murray Basin Rail Project - $20.2 million

  • Funding to deliver the announced Murray Basin Rail project

Page last reviewed on 19 September 2017

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