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

Victorian Faster Rail Corridor Investigations

Funding Program:Major Project Business Case
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2020 - Late 2021
Estimated Project Cost:$32,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$16,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Ballarat City Council,Baw Baw Shire Council,Brimbank City Council,Cardinia Shire Council,Casey City Council,Colac Otway Shire,Corangamite Shire Council,East Gippsland Shire Council,City of Glen Eira,Greater Bendigo City Council,City of Greater Dandenong,City of Greater Geelong,Greater Shepparton City Council,Hepburn Shire Council,Hobsons Bay City Council,Hume City Council,Indigo Shire Council,Macedon Ranges Shire Council,City of Maribyrnong,Melbourne City Council (City of Melbourne),Mitchell Shire Council,Monash City Council,Moorabool Shire Council,Moreland City Council,Mount Alexander Shire Council,Shire of Moyne,Benalla Rural City Council,Stonnington City Council,Shire of Strathbogie,Surf Coast Shire,Wangaratta Rural City Council,Warrnambool City Council,Wellington Shire Council,City of Whittlesea,Wodonga City Council,Wyndham City Council,Latrobe City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Melbourne, Melbourne - Geelong

Project Description

The project will investigate faster rail opportunities from Melbourne to Warnambool, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga and Traralgon. The project will develop faster rail strategies for each corridor that will identify existing constraints and determine future demand and operational requirements. Each strategy will include a planning and investment program that will identify potential projects, costs and staging options to help inform future investment decisions.


The project will determine the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of improved passenger rail services from Melbourne to key regional centres in Victoria.


The Australian Government has committed up to $16 million towards the project with matching in-kind funding provided by the Victorian Government.


The corridor investigations commenced in December 2020 and are expected to be completed in late 2021.

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Project details last updated: 24/05/2021