Murray Basin Rail Project

The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project will upgrade Victoria's freight network by standardising and increasing the axle loading of the rail freight lines servicing the north west.

The project will increase the capacity of these vital freight lines, enabling more cost-effective delivery of exports to Victoria's ports.

Project benefits

Crews replacing sleepers in Dunolly as part of the Murray Basin Project. A machine lifts sleepers into place.Delivered by V/Line (and future stages by Rail Projects Victoria) and under the direction of Transport for Victoria, the Murray Basin Rail Project plays an important role in shifting freight off roads and onto rail.

Once completed, the project will:

  • boost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight services in northern Victoria
  • better connect primary producers to Victoria's major ports in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne
  • reduce the number of trucks on the road between the north west and our ports
  • open access to more rail operators, driving competition in the sector
  • give farmers in the Murray Basin access to a deep sea port at Portland
  • provide a major boost to the transport industry, agricultural sectors and regional communities
  • drive economic growth
  • provide Victoria with 1130 km of standardised rail gauge.

The project will also create 280 jobs during construction in regional Victoria.

Page last updated: 8 November 2018