The Australian Government is committed to supporting and shaping the growth of our cities and regions by delivering faster, more efficient and reliable transport infrastructure. The Government established the National Faster Rail Agency and announced the 20-Year Faster Rail Plan.
The National Faster Rail Agency is providing national leadership by coordinating faster rail policy and research with state and territory governments, industry and the private sector to better align population growth with long term infrastructure investment. The 20-Year Faster Rail Plan establishes the framework for faster rail by supporting the connection of major capital cities and key regional centres.
The Government is investigating faster rail because of its ability to shift demand from road to rail, stimulate regional growth and improve access to jobs, services and affordable housing. As a first step, the Government has committed nearly $80 million to progress faster rail planning along the following strategic corridors:
- Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane to the Gold Coast
- Sydney to Newcastle, Sydney to Bomaderry (via Wollongong) and Sydney to Parkes (via Bathurst)
- Melbourne to Greater Shepparton, Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga and Melbourne to Traralgon
- Perth to Bunbury
This builds on the Government’s existing $2 billion commitment to progress faster rail from Melbourne to Geelong and other investments towards urban passenger rail projects across Australia.
Further information about faster rail can be found on the National Faster Rail Agency website.