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Regional Rail Revival Package

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:TBC - TBC
Estimated Project Cost:$1,750,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$1,600,000,000
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 $1.6 billion to upgrade regional rail across Victoria. This includes:

  • $502 million – Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade
  • $418 million – Gippsland Rail Line Upgrade
  • $235 million – North East Rail Line Upgrade
  • $104 million – Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade
  • $149 million – Geelong Rail Line Upgrade, including planning for the Armstrong Creek corridor extension
  • $82 million – Bendigo/Echuca Rail Line Upgrade
  • $86 million – Avon River Bridge replacement
  • $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 package of works is expected to support over 1,000 jobs across Victoria.


The Australian Government is contributing $1.6 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: 24/09/2018