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 Commonwealth confirmed it will provide almost $1.5 billion to Victoria - funding owed to Victoria as a dividend payment for the long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne.
The 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 will fund the first stage of a massive new Surf Coast Rail Project, which will prepare the corridor for duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, while work is undertaken to complete the business case for the duplication. The funding will also reserve land for a future line to Torquay.
- $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 6 July 2017