Transport and infrastructure

Introduction

The department oversees transport regulatory policy and legislation and is engaged in the delivery of a number of major transport projects, initiatives for local ports and the boating and fishing industries as part of the government's integrated strategies to improve public and private transport, freight and ports efficiency and other major infrastructure in urban and rural Victoria.

Websites

Department website: Transport

Strategies and initiatives

Regional Network Development Plan

The Victorian Government has launched the Regional Network Development Plan – the first-ever long term plan to improve public transport in regional Victoria.

Fairer fare enforcement

From 1 January 2017, a new approach to fare compliance will be introduced to Victoria.

Cycling strategy

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering cycling projects and programs that focus on safety and increasing cycling participation across Victoria.

Projects

West Gate Tunnel project

The $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel project will provide an alternative to the Westgate Bridge, a second river crossing, and direct access to the port.

Monash Freeway upgrade

The Monash Freeway upgrade will improve safety and reliability along the 44 kilometres between Chadstone and Pakenham, extending what is already Australia's longest stretch of managed motorway.

CityLink Tulla widening

The CityLink Tulla Widening project involves adding new lanes and other measures to improve traffic flow across 24 kilometres of freeway between the CityLink tunnels and Melbourne Airport.

Metro Tunnel project

The Metro Tunnel project's twin nine-kilometre tunnels will take two of the busiest rail lines out of the City Loop, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne's rail network and transforming it into an international style metro system.

Level Crossing Removal project

Over the next eight years, the State Government will deliver a coordinated program to remove 50 of the worst level crossings in Melbourne.

Port of Melbourne Port Capacity project

The Port Capacity Project will ensure the Port of Melbourne continues to benefit from the economic advantage of being the main container freight hub of Australia.

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.

High Capacity Metro Trains Project

The $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project is putting 65 bigger, better trains into service on Melbourne's busiest rail line. Suppliers across Victoria are among those beginning major manufacturing from 2018, with the first train ready for passengers on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019 and the 65th train delivered in 2023. The project is resulting in 1,100 local jobs.

Grants, awards and scholarships

Boating safety and facilities program

The boating safety and facilities program is a state government funding program that plays an important role in making boating safer and more accessible for all Victorians. The program has a total of $8 million in funding to distribute to projects across the state.

Applications have closed for the 2016-17 round.

Divisional owners and entities