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 is a once in a generation investment that will deliver major upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria and create over 1000 jobs.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority 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 MMRA. A consortium consisting 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

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

  • Additional signalling upgrades and track improvements
  • Developing 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 ($140 million)

  • 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

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.