The Australian and Victorian governments have invested more than $4 billion in the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating jobs and supplier opportunities.
Regional Rail Revival is already delivering significant benefits for regional Victorians, including VLocity trains to Bairnsdale, 10 extra weekly services for Shepparton, and extended platforms at Donnybrook and Wallan stations, which will boost reliability on the Seymour Line.
Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade is now complete, with passengers enjoying a rebuilt station at Rockbank and new station at Cobblebank, as well as new services between Melton and Southern Cross Station.
More benefits are on the way as construction ramps up across the state.
Not only is the program upgrading every passenger line in the state, it is also creating jobs and supplier opportunities for Victorian businesses.
Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Regional Rail Revival program.
Victoria is growing faster than any other state. Our regions are home to about one quarter of Victoria’s population and play a vital role in the state’s prosperity.
Regional Victoria contributes more than $65 billion to the economy annually, accounts for almost one third of the state’s exports and attracts more than 13 million tourists each year. It is also home to one third of the state’s small businesses.
Victoria’s regional centres are increasingly offering jobs, education, health and other services that were previously only available in Melbourne. These services, combined with lifestyle advantages and housing affordability, are attracting more families to regional Victoria.
As the population and local economies of regional Victoria grow, the rail network must keep up with changing travel needs.
The Victorian Government released the Regional Network Development Plan in May 2016. Regional Rail Revival is a critical step in delivering the objectives of the Regional Network Development Plan.
Regional Rail Revival is a once in a generation investment that will deliver major upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria and create over 3000 jobs.
To find out about jobs working on Regional Rail Revival, and other transport projects, visit Victoria’s Big Build jobs page.
There will also be opportunities for private sector involvement in Regional Rail Revival for a range of contractors, designers and suppliers.
Find out about supplier opportunities for the Geelong and Warrnambool Line Upgrades.