Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Regional Rail Revival Package

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2017 - Late 2023
Estimated Project Cost:$2,673,200,000
Australian Government Contribution:$2,261,400,000
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 $2.3 billion to upgrade regional rail across Victoria. This includes:

  • $538 million - Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade
  • $448 million - Gippsland Rail Line Upgrade
  • $434 million - Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade
  • $320 million - Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade Stage 3
  • $244 million - North East Rail Line Upgrade
  • $159 million - Bendigo/Echuca Rail Line Upgrade
  • $79 million - Avon River Bridge replacement
  • $10 million - Geelong Rail Line Upgrade (planning for the Armstrong Creek corridor extension)
  • $9 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 $2.3 billion to the projects and the Victorian Government is contributing $412 million.


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

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Project details last updated: 26/03/2021