The Regional Rail Link will increase the size of Victoria's rail network by laying 90 kilometres of new track. It will provide a new set of dedicated tracks from West Werribee to the Southern Cross Station in central Melbourne via Sunshine, allowing regional services to run directly into Melbourne.
The project includes the construction of two new platforms at Southern Cross station; new train stations at Wyndham Vale, Tarneit and West Footscray; the upgrade of the Sunshine, Tottenham, Footscray, and Southern Cross Stations and the removal of two level crossings at Anderson Road in Sunshine and 13 road and rail grade separations.
Map of Regional Rail Link
This project provides for substantial increases in capacity and reliability for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo regional rail services. Once completed, trains from these regional centres will be able to operate into Melbourne without being delayed behind suburban trains. The project will also free up capacity for extra suburban services from Werribee, Sunbury and Craigieburn along Melbourne's western growth corridor.
The Australian Government is contributing $2,718.5 million to this project.
Construction commenced in August 2009 and the project opened to commuters on 21 June 2015.
Regional Rail Link website