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Regional Rail Upgrades

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:TBA - TBA
Estimated Project Cost:$1,570,800,000
Australian Government Contribution:$1,420,800,000
Local Council/Shire:Baw Baw Shire Council,Cardinia Shire Council,East Gippsland Shire Council,City of Greater Geelong,Greater Shepparton City Council,Hume City Council,Indigo Shire Council,Mitchell Shire Council,Benalla Rural City Council,Shire of Strathbogie,Surf Coast Shire,Wangaratta Rural City Council,Wellington Shire Council,City of Whittlesea,Wodonga City Council,Latrobe City Council

Project Description

The Australian Government has committed $1.42 billion to upgrade regional rail across Victoria. This includes:

  • $555.6 million – Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade;
  • $435 million – Gippsland Rail Line Upgrade;
  • $140 million – North East Rail Line Upgrade;
  • $114 million – Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade;
  • $110 million – Surf Coast Rail Stage 1, including Stage 1 of the duplication of the Geelong Rail Line from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds;
  • $91 million – Bendigo and Echuca Rail Line Upgrade;
  • $95 million – Avon River Bridge Upgrade;
  • $20.2 million – Murray Basin Rail Project, additional to the Government’s previous commitment of $220 million; and
  • $10 million – Shepparton Freight Network Planning.


The projects will build a better regional rail network in Victoria, supporting the movement of people between Melbourne and Victoria's major regional centres.


The Australian Government is contributing $1.42 billion to the projects and the Victorian Government is contributing $150 million.


The Australian Government is working with the Victorian Government to finalise implementation arrangements.

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Project details last updated: 26/09/2017