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

Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade – Stage 2

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2022 - Late 2023
Estimated Project Cost:$260,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$208,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Colac Otway Shire,Corangamite Shire Council,City of Greater Geelong,Shire of Moyne,Surf Coast Shire,Warrnambool City Council

Project Description

This project will deliver further upgrades to the Warrnambool Rail Line that will complement the works undertaken during Stage 1 of the project. Upgrades will include track works to improve the ride quality, reliability and resilience of the line for passenger and freight rail services.

These works will also assist with the introduction of modern VLocity-class trains onto the Warrnambool Rail Line and maximise the benefits of the new trains for passengers.


  • Improved passenger rail services 
  • Improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets
  • Improved freight rail services


The Australian Government has committed $208 million towards the project.


Construction is expected to commence in mid 2022 and be completed by late 2023.

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Project details last updated: 25/03/2022