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.
  • Additional tracks between Sunshine and the CBD to cater for faster and more frequent metro and regional trains. This would most likely be a new tunnel that would be part of Melbourne Airport Rail.
  • 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.

A map showing the new proposed metro lines to Melton and Wyndham Vale and how it connects to the rest of the Victorian rail network

Next steps

$100 million is being invested in detailed planning and design work, to deliver the full separation of regional and metro services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines.

Staging of the Western Rail Plan is being considered alongside the planning underway for the Melbourne Airport Rail business case, which is due in 2020.

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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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