The $1.75 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)

Ballarat Line Upgrade is in the construction phase and is 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 rebuilding including new platforms, pedestrian overpass 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
  • Stabling facilities at Ararat
  • A new station at Toolern, separately funded by the Victorian Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution

Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade ($91 million)

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

Geelong Line Upgrade ($160 million)

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

Gippsland Line Upgrade ($530 million)

  • Level crossing upgrades
  • Track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry and sections near Moe, Morwell and Traralgon
  • Additional platform at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
  • Extend Morwell crossing loop
  • Signalling upgrade and remove stabling facilities at Traralgon
  • Replace the Avon River Bridge

North-East Line Upgrade ($235 million)

The Victorian and Federal governments are proposing:

  • Track improvements from Melbourne to Albury-Wodonga
  • Supporting infrastructure for new standard gauge trains

Shepparton Freight Network Planning ($10 million)

  • Identify infrastructure improvements to enhance freight capacity

Shepparton Corridor 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 Corridor Upgrade.

The works will improve the amenity and reliability of the 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.

Works include:

Stage one

  • Upgrade to stabling at Shepparton station to enable 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 130 km/h
  • Level crossing upgrades at 54 locations
  • New stabling north of or at Shepparton to house VLocity trains
  • Platform extensions at Shepparton, Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie
  • Funding for a business case to finalise the delivery of nine return services
  • Donnybrook and Wallan stations will also be upgraded to accommodate their soaring populations.

Warrnambool Line Upgrade ($114 million)

  • Additional crossing loop on the line
  • Signalling upgrade from Waurn Ponds to Warrnambool
  • Level crossing upgrades
  • Delivers a fifth return service and paves the way for VLocity trains to Warrnambool

More information

Further information, visit the Regional Rail Revival website