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

Geelong Fast Rail

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Estimated Project Cost:$4,000,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$2,000,000,000
Local Council/Shire:City of Greater Geelong,Hobsons Bay City Council,City of Maribyrnong,Melbourne City Council (City of Melbourne),Wyndham City Council
Corridor:Melbourne - Geelong

Project Description

The project will upgrade the rail corridor to enable faster passenger rail services from Melbourne to Geelong. The project will be undertaken in a number of stages. Stage 1 will:

•  Construct a new dedicated regional passenger track from Werribee to Laverton.

•  Upgrade stations at Werribee and Laverton.

•  Construct new and upgrade existing bridges and culverts.

•  Upgrade signalling and train control systems.

Further stages will be developed by the Victorian Government.


The project will reduce travel times and improve public transport options for commuters travelling from Melbourne to Geelong. The project will allow passenger services to travel via Werribee rather than Sunshine. This route is shorter and faster and will allow express passengers to operate from Melbourne to Geelong.

Stage 1 will reduce travel times and will also free up capacity through Sunshine, allowing additional passenger services to operate to regional centres such as Ballarat and Bendigo.


Stage 1 is estimated to cost $4 billion. The Australian Government has committed $2 billion (capped) and the Victorian Government $2 billion.


Planning for the project is underway. Construction on Stage 1 is expected to commence in 2023. Further stages will be developed by the Victorian Government.

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Project details last updated: 18/05/2021