Western Rail Plan

Fast, high-capacity rail for our regional cities and growing suburbs

Overview

The Western Rail Plan sets out the future investments Victoria needs for a fast, high-capacity rail network servicing our growing suburbs and growing regional cities.

To ensure the Victorian rail network can continue to meet unprecedented demand and enable regional Victoria to grow and be a destination of choice, planning is needed for the following three major connected projects:

  • Two new electrified metro rail lines through the western suburbs to growth areas in Melton and Wyndham Vale. It would separate them from the Ballarat and Geelong lines. A potential connection from Wyndham Vale to Werribee would also be considered. This link could potentially become the western section of the proposed Suburban Rail Loop.
  • Increased track capacity between Sunshine and the CBD to cater for faster and more frequent metro and regional trains. This will be developed in conjunction with the Airport Rail Link which would also utilise the extra capacity.
  • Major investment in the Geelong and Ballarat lines to run trains faster than 160km/h. This will include exploration of electrification of these lines and new, fast electric regional trains.

Next steps

The development of a full business case is required to progress fast rail towards construction.

It is anticipated that the three major network changes would be undertaken in stages and take around a decade to complete.

Further planning on fast rail will take place in conjunction with the full Airport Rail Link business case, due to be completed in 2019/20. It is likely that the next step in delivering fast regional rail will be the separation of Wyndham Vale and Melton lines from regional lines.

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