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.

  • Duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton
  • Rockbank station rebuild, including platform extensions, pedestrian link and a new car park
  • A new 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
  • An extra track at Wendouree
  • Signalling upgrades and track improvements
  • Ararat stabling facilities will be upgraded under the Freight Passenger Rail Separation Project, to enable a fifth daily service to Ararat
  • A new Cobblebank station, separately funded by the Victorian Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution

Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade ($91 million)

  • Signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk
  • Track upgrades to increase the maximum train speed between Epsom and Echuch from 80km/h to 130km/h
  • Level crossing modifications between Epsom and Echuca

Geelong Line Upgrade ($160 million)

  • Upgrading Waurn Ponds station with an additional platform, new pedestrian overpass, additional track and better station facilities
  • Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning to consider future land use, environmental issues and development, and population plans

Gippsland Line Upgrade ($530 million)

  • Level crossing detection upgrades between Pakenham and Bairnsdale
  • Track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
  • Station upgrades with second platforms at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
  • 1.5-kilometre extension of the Morwell crossing loop
  • Signalling upgrades
  • Building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford
  • Building a larger train stabling facility at or near Traralgon
  • Drainage structure upgrades along the line

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 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 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 (completed early 2019)

  • 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

  • Crossing loop extension near Murchison East
  • Upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton
  • New stabling to house VLocity trains
  • Platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie 
  • Donnybrook and Wallan stations will also be upgraded to accommodate their soaring populations.

Stage three

  • Signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at speeds of up to 130km/h
  • Funding for a business case to finalise the scope and costs for delivering nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne

Warrnambool Line Upgrade ($114 million)

  • Building a new crossing loop
  • Signalling upgrades from Waurn Ponds to Warrnambool
  • Level crossing upgrades
  • New train stabling facilities at Warrnambool

More information

Further information, visit the Regional Rail Revival website