The population of regional Victoria will double to two million people over the next 20 years with cities and towns within a two-hour arc of Melbourne growing the strongest.
To support this growth, the regional road and rail network is being fixed, rebuilt and modernised.
The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival will improve every regional passenger line to give regional communities the quality services they deserve, while making travel safer.
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Our Regional Network Development Plan sets out a plan to deliver a modern commuter-style service for key centres and service improvements to outer regional areas.
We will be upgrading infrastructure, buying new trains and improving facilities and parking for passengers.
Mobile phone services are being improved through signal boosters on all V/Locity trains so commuters can stay connected as they travel.
The Western Rail Plan sets out the future investments Victoria needs for a fast, high-capacity rail network servicing our Geelong and Ballarat, as well as our growing suburbs.
A new Melbourne Airport Rail link, part of the Western Rail Plan, is not just about getting people to the airport.
It will support high speed rail between Geelong and Melbourne, and faster trips from Ballarat, Bendigo and other regional cities.
More than 90 per cent of daily journeys in regional Victoria are made on arterial roads.
With a record investment of $941 million, Regional Roads Victoria is rebuilding and resurfacing 1500 km of regional roads to make them safer and fit for growing freight volumes.
Victoria produces a third of Australia’s food and fibre exports, making regional areas highly transport intensive. Freight volumes are forecast to keep growing at around 1.5 per cent a year.
Freight will be shifted to rail through the development of privately owned interstate rail freight terminals.
The Bendigo Metro Rail project has already delivered increased services from Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat to Bendigo.
The next stage of the project will include new train stations at Goornong, Raywood and Huntly.
Innovative and flexible solutions to public transport in towns and rural Victoria will better connect communities, helping to address isolation.
Cycling will also be supported with better infrastructure including better bike storage on regional trains, and systems for carrying bikes on regional coaches.
South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication
The Victorian Government is delivering the Geelong to Waurn Ponds Railway Planning Project — to run more trains, more often between Geelong and Waurn Ponds.
The Department of Transport has completed a business case for duplicating the rail track from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds.
The single rail track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds is a bottleneck on the network and limits the ability to run more frequent and reliable services for passengers to the south of Geelong and Warrnambool.
The business case examined a range of rail track duplication options, and other rail infrastructure upgrade works, to ultimately deliver more trains, more often to Geelong and the growing south-west.
Feedback from passengers and stakeholders was gathered as part of the project which included geotechnical investigations, detailed planning and station precinct concept design work.
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The Victorian Government invested $3 million to this project - and the Australian Government allocated a further $1 million.
A range of rail infrastructure upgrade options were assessed through the business case including:
- rail track duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
- modernising the Geelong to South Geelong tunnel
- level crossing removals at Fyans Street, South Geelong and Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale
- signal upgrades between Geelong to Waurn Ponds
- upgrades at South Geelong and Marshall stations
The Victorian Government has submitted the business case for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication to Infrastructure Australia for assessment.
The Victorian Government has committed $147 million to help deliver the project.
Geelong Line investment
The $160 million upgrade of the Geelong Line is part of the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program.
Rail Projects Victoria is progressing the first stage of the duplication between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong.
This work includes:
- upgrading Waurn Ponds Station with a second platform and accessible pedestrian overpass
- an additional track at Waurn Ponds to enable trains to pass each other
- Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning to consider future land use, environmental issues and development, and population plans.
Waurn Ponds Station upgrade
Rail Projects Victoria has revealed artist's impressions of the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
Community feedback has been incorporated into the designs, with more carparking, an accessible pedestrian overpass and better station facilities, including the addition of safer pedestrian access through the car park and increased CCTV and lighting to help provide better security.
Construction on the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade is due for completion late 2021.