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 Regional Rail Revival will improve every regional passenger line to give regional communities the quality services they deserve, while making travel safer.
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.
The new Melbourne Airport Rail project is not just about getting people to the airport.
It will provide better access to our booming regional cities for visitors to our state.
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.