The $1.7 billion Regional Rail Revival program is a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments and will upgrade stations, signalling and track across Victoria.

Regional Rail Revival will deliver major upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria and create more than 1000 jobs.

Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for its planning and implementation, on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Regional Rail Revival includes the following packages:

Ballarat Line Upgrade ($518 million for stage 1 and $39 million for stage 2)

Ballarat Line Upgrade Stage 1 is already in the procurement phase and being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria. A consortium of Lendlease Engineering, Coleman Rail and SMEC Australia has been selected as the construction contractor.

  • Track duplication between Deer Park West and Melton
  • Rockbank station upgrade, platform extensions and new car park
  • Additional platform and pedestrian link at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree stations
  • Removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh and track duplication
  • New stabling facilities at Maddingley
  • Passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook
  • Track duplication at Wendouree
  • Signalling upgrades and track improvements

Additional funding of $39 million has been allocated for stage 2, which includes:

  • Signalling upgrades and track improvements
  • Stabling facilities at Ararat

Bendigo Line Upgrade ($91 million)

  • Signalling upgrade from Bendigo to Eaglehawk
  • Signalling upgrade from Bendigo to Epsom
  • Track speed upgrade from Bendigo to Echuca

Geelong Line Upgrade ($110 million)

  • Additional platform and pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds station
  • Additional track at Waurn Ponds station
  • Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning

Gippsland Line Upgrade ($435 million for stage 1 and $95 million for stage 2)

Gippsland Line Upgrade stage 1 includes:

  • Level crossing upgrades
  • Track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
  • Additional platform at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
  • Upgrade drainage at Morwell River
  • Track duplication between Traralgon and Morwell
  • Track duplication extension near Moe east towards Traralgon
  • Extend Morwell crossing loop
  • Signalling upgrade and remove stabling facilities at Traralgon

Gippsland Line Upgrade stage 2 includes:

  • Replace the Avon River Bridge

North-East Corridor Upgrade ($235 million)

The Victorian and Australian governments are proposing:

  • Track improvements to Albury-Wodonga
  • Donnybrook station upgrade
  • Wallan station upgrade
  • Supporting infrastructure for new standard gauge trains

The Victorian Government is proposing the Melbourne-Albury section of the Melbourne-Sydney rail corridor be upgraded to run more modern, faster trains that would provide North-East communities the reliable rail services they expect and deserve.

Shepparton Freight Network Planning ($10 million)

  • Identify infrastructure improvements to enhance freight capacity
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Shepparton Line Upgrade

Shepparton locals and visitors can look forward to the introduction of faster, modern VLocity trains sooner, with the Victorian Budget 2018/19 funding $313 million for the second stage of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.

The works will improve the amenity and reliability of the Shepparton Line and deliver up to a 20-minute travel time reduction once complete.

Funding is also provided for a business case to finalise the scope and costs for stage three which will deliver nine return services.

The funding is in addition to the $43.5 million package of works funded in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 already underway to provide stabling, a crossing loop and a fifth daily service from 2019.

These works build on the Victorian Government’s recent announcement of 29 additional coach services between Seymour and Shepparton from May 2018, in advance of the extra train services being provided next year.

The Victorian Government has also introduced nine new weekly train services for Shepparton since 2017.

Shepparton Line Upgrade works include:

Stage one

  • Upgrade to stabling enabling a fifth daily service
  • New crossing loop improving performance, paving the way for future services

Stage two

  • Signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130kmh
  • Level crossing upgrades at 54 locations
  • New stabling north of Shepparton to house VLocity trains
  • Platform extensions at Shepparton, Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie
  • Funding to plan for stage three upgrade

Warrnambool Line Upgrade ($114 million)

  • Additional crossing loop on the line
  • Signalling upgrade from Waurn Ponds to Warrnambool
  • Level crossing upgrades

More information

Further information, visit regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au.