The Victorian Government will drive Victoria’s economic recovery by continuing to deliver road and rail infrastructure upgrades.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will create thousands of jobs, while delivering crucial transport infrastructure projects that will support passengers and motorists for decades to come.
This pipeline of work provides local, long-term jobs for those Victorians directly on the projects as well as the wider supply chain – with every 100 jobs on Victoria’s Big Build delivering an average of around 200 jobs across the economy.
The $80 billion program now consists of 165 projects, including the projects below.
Geelong Fast Rail
An investment of $2 billion to reduce travel times between Geelong and Melbourne and carry more passengers on our state’s busiest regional rail line – matching the Commonwealth’s commitment to the project.
Geelong Fast Rail will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains – and is the first step to delivering fast rail to regional Victoria.
Stage one of the Suburban Rail Loop
$2.2 billion will be invested to get works underway, creating up to 800 direct jobs – including project development, geotechnical and utility work. Suburban Rail Loop will link every major railway line from the Frankston Line to the Werribee Line via the airport – with three new super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine connecting regional passengers to the network.
Upgrades to regional rail lines
The Budget includes Victoria’s share of $660 million to deliver the next stages of the Shepparton and Warrnambool Line Upgrades – giving regional Victorians more reliable travel to and from Melbourne.
Critical road projects
Relieving congestion and easing pressure on our road network, works will continue to ramp up on the Barwon Heads Road Upgrade, Narre Warren North Road Upgrade and South Road Upgrade as well as continuing planning work on a Bulla Bypass.
Other funding highlights
Work on the Murray Basin Rail Project must start as soon as possible ahead of the next grain season to deliver benefits to Victorian farmers and freight operators. The Budget commits $48.8 million to deliver Victoria’s share of funding for the project’s next steps.
To boost diversity and equality within the transport sector, $2.4 million will be invested to encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to join the workforce through scholarship programs and initiatives to support career development.