High Speed Rail to Geelong

Investigating a preferred option for a high speed rail link between Melbourne and Geelong

Snapshot

$50minvestment

97%increase in rail patronage since 2012/13

300km/hspeed capabilities of new trains

Overview

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

A $50 million investment will be put towards detailed planning work and technical investigations to determine a preferred option for high speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong.

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 high speed 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, Melton and Wallan.
  • 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.A map showing the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Seymour lines, the new Metro Tunnel and the possibility of a High Speed Rail to the city and a link to the airport.

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is currently seeking community members to join the Reference Group for High Speed Rail to Geelong.

More information can be found on the RPV website. Nominations close on Monday 8 October.

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

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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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