Fast Rail to Geelong

Investigating a preferred option for a fast rail link between Melbourne and Geelong


97%increase in rail patronage since 2012/13

300km/hspeed capabilities of new trains


Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and the second fastest growing city in Australia.

Detailed planning work and technical investigations will determine a preferred option for fast rail between Melbourne and Geelong as part of the Western Rail Plan.

The preferred option will maximise benefits of a future Melbourne Airport Link by integrating it with the existing network and unlocking capacity in Melbourne’s booming west and north.

Investigations will focus on these key areas:

  • Faster, more frequent and more reliable regional services, including priority investigation of fast rail to Geelong.
  • Dedicated rolling stock capable of speeds in excess of anything currently operating in Victoria.
  • Electrification of services in the fastest growing parts of Victoria, including Wyndham Vale and Melton.
  • Developing plans for a rail link to Melbourne Airport, servicing all Victorians via connections to the metropolitan and regional rail network.
  • A new transport superhub at Sunshine to facilitate better integration of rail services.

More information can be found on the RPV website and stay updated about the progress of the Western Rail Plan by registering for email updates.

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The investigations will consider a new fleet of dedicated trains capable of travelling between 250 and 300km/hr.


Rail Projects Victoria is leading the investigation, development and delivery of this program. Rail Projects Victoria also oversees the delivery of the Metro Tunnel and Regional Rail Revival projects.

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