The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program – a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments – is in full swing, with upgrades to every regional passenger train line in Victoria underway.
Delivering Regional Rail Revival
Regional Rail Revival is already delivering significant benefits for regional Victorians, including VLocity trains to Bairnsdale, 10 extra weekly services for Shepparton, and extended platforms at Donnybrook and Wallan stations, which will boost reliability on the Seymour Line.
Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade is now complete, with passengers enjoying a rebuilt station at Rockbank and new station at Cobblebank, as well as new services between Melton and Southern Cross Station.
More benefits are on the way over the next 12 months and beyond as construction ramps up across the state.
Not only is the program upgrading every passenger line in the state, it is also creating 1000 jobs and supplier opportunities for Victorian businesses.
Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Regional Rail Revival program.
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 the state’s 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.
The Victorian Government released the Regional Network Development Plan in May 2016. Regional Rail Revival is a critical step in delivering the objectives of the Regional Network Development Plan.