The $1.7 billion Regional Rail Revival program is a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments to upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria, creating more than 1,000 jobs.
Victoria is growing faster than any other state. Our regions are home to about one quarter of Victoria’s population and play a vital role in our prosperity.
Regional Victoria contributes more than $65 billion to the economy annually, accounts for almost one third of the state’s exports and attracts more than 13 million tourists each year. It is also home to one third of the state’s small businesses.
Victoria’s regional centres are increasingly offering jobs, education, health and other services that were previously only available in Melbourne. These services, combined with lifestyle advantages and housing affordability, are attracting more families to regional Victoria.
As the population and local economies of regional Victoria grow, the rail network must keep up with changing travel needs.
Investing in regional rail
The V/Line rail network now carries nearly 50,000 passengers on a typical weekday, an increase of nearly 100 per cent in the past decade, with patronage forecast to double again over the next 10 years.
Regional Rail Revival will improve transport connections between regional centres and to Melbourne. It will deliver more services and better reliability to keep Victoria’s regional economies and population moving, with improved stations, tracks and signalling.
Better connections will open up opportunities for regional Victorians to access jobs, education, healthcare, housing and community services and help keep regional centres great places to live and visit.
The Victorian Government released the Regional Network Development Plan in May 2016 - the first long-term plan to improve public transport in regional Victoria. Regional Rail Revival is a critical step in delivering the objectives of the Regional Network Development Plan.
Delivering Regional Rail Revival
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Regional Rail Revival program on behalf of the State Government of Victoria. Planning work is already well underway.
MMRA will work closely with key stakeholders, including local councils and communities, as work progresses over the coming months.
During construction, we will aim to minimise disruption to passengers as much as possible and communicate well with rail users when temporary service changes are needed.
Registrations of interest
There will be opportunities for private sector involvement in Regional Rail Revival, for a range of contractors, designers and suppliers.
To register your interest see the tenders and service providers page.