Service and network reforms

Maximise and reform how transport policy, plans, infrastructure and services deliver social outcomes and drive economic recovery.

Service and network reformsKey achievements

Legislative and regulatory reforms - DoT contributed to the following legislative and regulatory reforms:

  • Bus Safety Amendment Regulations 2022 – a review of the Bus Safety Act 2009 led to reforms to bus accreditation requirements which were implemented through the Transport Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2021. Amendments to the Bus Safety Regulations were implemented to complement these changes.
  • Marine Safety (Fees) Regulations 2021 – reviewed the fees for marine safety regulatory services
  • Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2021 – reviewed a major set of road safety regulations relating to vehicle registration and standards and the club permit scheme
  • Road Safety Legislation Amendment Act 2022 - provided for evidentiary matters including enabling road safety cameras to automatically enforce mobile phone and seatbelt offences
  • Suburban Rail Loop Act 2021 – established the Suburban Rail Loop Authority with the functions and powers necessary to plan and deliver the loop and associated precinct initiatives
  • Transport Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2021 – implemented a single accreditation scheme for all bus operators and conferred powers on the VFA relating to recreational boating
  • Transport Legislation Amendment (Port Reforms and Other Matters) Act 2022 – established Ports Victoria through legislation and made other port related amendments
  • Transport Planning Reforms – introduced reforms to the Victorian Planning Provisions for a clearer and effective transport policy.

100th E-Class tram - In September 2021, the 100th and final E-Class tram was delivered into service on the Melbourne network to improve capacity on key routes.

Better train services for Bendigo and central Victoria - New rail timetables have been implemented for Echuca to accommodate new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood and for Cranbourne and Geelong as part of the Cranbourne and Geelong Line Upgrades.

Bikes on buses - Cyclists can now bring their bicycles on a bus in the Bendigo region. Launched in early 2022, bike racks will be installed on all buses travelling on 14 local routes in Bendigo, the Bendigo to Heathcote route and all buses travelling six local routes in Castlemaine.

Bus routes upgrades - We introduced new bus routes in:

  • the Mornington Peninsula
  • Craigieburn
  • Clyde North
  • Keysborough
  • regional areas, including Ballarat
  • other locations.

Car Parks for Commuters program - Under this program eight further car parks were completed and car parks, bike parking, CCTV, and lighting across the train network were upgraded. To free up local streets, DoT is leading the delivery of 11,000 new and upgraded car parks.

Goornong station opening - Goornong is the first of three new stations being funded as part of the $49.6 million Bendigo Metro 3 to give people in growing communities access to trains close to where they live. Track upgrades mean trains can now increase their speed from 80 kilometres per hour up to 130 kilometres per hour between Epsom and Goornong Station.

High capacity metro trains (HCMT) delivery - Twenty-four HCMTs were delivered, making a fleet total of 34. More will come online as they complete our comprehensive testing programs.

Metropolitan rail renewals and major periodic maintenance - Metropolitan station upgrades were completed at the following locations:

  • August 2021 – major infrastructure renewal works at Williamstown
  • December 2021 – layout changes to the zebra crossings and bus stop kerb islands, new line markings and improved signage at Croydon 
  • January 2022 – Williamstown subways were upgraded to improve entry and egress to the station. Pascoe Vale had re-asphalting works delivered in the station car park
  • April 2022 – fresh coats of paint and repairs at Royal Park and Heyington.

Next Generation trams contract - On 21 April 2022, the Government announced that Bombardier had been awarded the contract to deliver 100 Next Generation Trams, the largest locally made tram investment in Australia’s history. Trams built as part of this project will be modern, energy efficient with improved accessibility. 

VLocity delivery - Nine new VLocity trains are now in service. This includes the first standard gauge VLocity trains for the North East Line – running between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne.

Cranbourne Line Duplication - In February 2022, eight kilometres of new, duplicated track opened as part of the Cranbourne Line upgrade, allowing trains to run, on average, every ten minutes in the morning peak.

Echuca-Moama Bridge - The Echuca-Moama Bridge Project opened to traffic in April 2022 connecting the Murray Valley Highway in Echuca, with the Cobb Highway in Moama, NSW. The new crossing features five kilometres of safe, scenic walking and cycling paths.  

Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) - During 2021–22, eight new stations were built and 18 level crossings were removed. Four of the crossings were in Preston, making Bell Street level-crossing free. By the end of the financial year, LXRP had in total, upgraded or built 30 new stations and removed 64 level crossings.

Melbourne Airport Rail - A preferred Early Works contractor was appointed in February 2022 with site investigations now underway. Six of the seven works packages are out to market and the first trains have been ordered. 

The business case for the long-awaited project has been submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.

Monash freeway upgrade - Major freeway works on the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 were completed in June 2022. The upgrade reduces congestion in Melbourne’s south-east by adding 36 kilometres of new lanes and new connections to the freeway at Police Road and Jacksons Road. Smart on-road technology has been installed across the project. 

Murray Basin rail project - The Ouyen to Murrayville line upgrades were completed, enabling speed increases and removing heat restrictions. Track upgrades on the Ararat to Maryborough line are now underway to increase load capacity and improve travel times in each direction.

North East Link program - In October 2021, the major tunnelling contract for North East Link was awarded and updated project designs included longer 6.5 kilometres tunnels to Watsonia, simpler underground interchanges, a new tree-lined Greensborough Road boulevard and 100 hectares of open space.

The program opened the North East Link Skills and Jobs Centre in July 2021 to connect locals to training and employment opportunities. The Centre is also working with contractors to provide access to job opportunities for priority jobseekers.

Regional Rail Revival (RRR) - Regional rail improvements were initiated at the following locations:

  • Shepparton Line Upgrade - work began on Stage 3 
  • Gippsland Line Upgrade - major construction started between Pakenham and Traralgon 
  • Waurn Ponds Station upgrades were completed in May 2022, enabling 20 peak services to be extended
  • Warrnambool Line Upgrade - the first section of signalling upgrades were commissioned
  • a new station opened in Goornong on the Echuca Line as part of the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade.

Tram infrastructure - Renewal works were completed along major corridors including Mt Alexander Road, Swan Street, Malvern Road and Glenferrie Road, delivering improved ride, comfort and safety for our passengers and quieter infrastructure for the community. The works included the restoration of heritage assets, such as the overhead portals on Wallen Road bridge and iconic tram shelters in St Vincent’s Plaza, originally built in 1933.

O’Herns and Plenty Road upgrades - The O’Herns Road upgrade adds a new lane in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise and new walking and cycling infrastructure.

The Plenty Road upgrade delivered 14 kilometres of new lanes and upgraded 12 intersections between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road.

Metro Tunnel - Progress on Metro Tunnel’s five new stations is well advanced with entrance structures visible above ground and platforms and concourses taking shape underground along with electrical, plumbing, safety and other fit out works.

Following the switching on of the purpose-built Sunshine Signal Control Centre in March 2022, testing of the new High Capacity Signalling system continues. The first stage of track laying also begun, ahead of running the first test trains through the tunnel in 2023.

Landslip prevention program - The landslip prevention works has continued and will provide safer roads and better movement for freight across Gippsland, Hume and Barwon South West. The works will benefit communities and tourists who rely on road access being open all year round.

Road and intersection upgrades - Metropolitan roads and intersection upgrades were completed at the following locations:

  • Rosanna Road/St James Road, Greensborough Highway, Heidelberg
  • Gaffney Street/Sussex Street, Coburg North
  • Queens Parade/George Street, Fitzroy Gasworks site
  • Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring
  • Mount Dandenong Road Safety Improvements
  • Springvale Road and Virginia Street, Springvale
  • Burwood Road/Auburn Road and Burwood Road/Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

Road safety improvements - As part of the Road Safety Stimulus Program funded through the Commonwealth and TAC, the following projects were completed in metro Melbourne:

  • fifteen projects focussed on improving pedestrian and cyclist movements and traffic signal improvements
  • eleven upgrades to Electronic Speed Limit Signs for schools and/or shopping strips 
  • construction of shared use path adjacent to Burwood Highway 
  • installation of Pedestrian Operated Signal in Heatherton Road, Dandenong in front of Emerson School
  • Myers Creek Road Safety Improvements, Healesville to Toolangi
  • Intersection Safety Improvements at Blackburn Road and Wellington Road, Clayton
  • Napier Street strategic bicycle corridor safety improvement works
  • improved pedestrian crossing and access to tram stops at Plenty Road, Bundoora
  • Buckley Street Safety Improvements, Essendon
  • Audio-Tactile line marking at various locations on the arterial and local road networks in semi urban areas of greater Melbourne.

Across Regional Victoria we’ve completed:

  • twenty-four projects under the Federal Black Spot Program
  • construction of safety upgrades on Midland Highway between Shepparton East and Cosgrove South
  • Side Road Activated Speed technology at three Mount Moriac intersections
  • over 110 kilometres of flexible safety barrier and more than 30 kilometres of guardrail along the Western Highway
  • a Phillip Island wide review of speed zones on 100 kilometres per hour arterial roads.

West Gate Tunnel project - Commercial settlement for the West Gate Tunnel was reached in December 2021 which enabled tunneling to start. Excavation works has been steadily progressing using two tunnel boring machines (TBMs).

  • ongoing construction of the Footscray Road Elevated Roadway and bridges over the Maribyrnong River
  • freeway widening and new noise wall installation along the West Gate Freeway nearing completion.

Ports Victoria - The Victorian Government established Ports Victoria – a new entity leading the strategic management and operation of Victoria’s commercial ports and waterways.

Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy - The new Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy represents the culmination of the independent ports’ reform review process started in 2020. It will provide an overarching statewide vision for the ports system that clearly articulates Victoria’s economic and resilience priorities and their intersection with port operations. 

Focus areas of the strategy include:

  • reviewing port planning settings
  • planning Bay West’s future
  • communicating the key role of the Port of Hastings in Victoria’s transition to offshore wind generation
  • other offshore engineering opportunities.