The Regional Network Development Plan guides the short, medium and long term priorities needed to modernise the network with more track, more train, 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 a 40 minutes in the off-peak for services to Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Seymour and Traralgon
- five services, five days a week to the outer regional train lines of Warrnambool, Bairnsdale, Albury-Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Shepparton.
The Victorian Government has invested $1.3 billion in the 2016/17 State Budget to put the plan into action, 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 facility and customer information upgrades at over 30 regional train stations and coach interchanges
- development funding for the next phase of works.
The full Regional Network Development Plan can be accessed below.