The Regional Network Development Plan guides the short, medium and long-term priorities needed to modernise the network with more track, more trains, better facilities and more services.

It sets out a plan to deliver a modern commuter-style service for key centres and service improvements to outer regional areas, including:

  • a minimum 20-minute train frequency in the peak and 40 minutes in the off-peak for services to Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Traralgon
  • five services, every weekday to the outer regional train lines of Warrnambool, Bairnsdale, Albury-Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Shepparton.
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The Victorian Government invested $1.3 billion in the 2016/17 Budget to action the plan including:

  • more than 170 extra off-peak services, building on 342 services added in 2015
  • the purchase of 27 VLocity carriages and stabling infrastructure to boost capacity
  • critical major maintenance to ensure a safe and reliable network
  • funding to rebuild V/Line capacity
  • car park, passenger facilities and customer information upgrades at more than 30 regional train stations and coach interchanges
  • development funding for the next phase of works.

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