Project

Western Rail Plan

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Western Rail Plan

The Western Rail Plan sets out the future rail projects that Victoria needs for a high capacity rail network. 

These include:

  • electrification of the Melton and Wyndham Vale lines
  • increased capacity between Sunshine and the CBD, and
  • Fast Rail to Geelong.

Summary of projects at early planning stages are below.

Electrification of the Melton and Wyndham Vale Lines

The provision of two new electrified metropolitan rail lines through the western suburbs to growth areas in Melton and Wyndham Vale is expected to separate them from the Ballarat and Geelong lines. This would give Melbourne’s growing suburbs frequent high-capacity services on the metro network, and return regional rail lines to regional passengers.

Currently, these growing western suburbs are only serviced by regional rail lines. Enabling fast rail services to Geelong and Ballarat needs the separation of Melton and Wyndham metro lines. 

A potential connection from Wyndham Vale to Werribee would also be considered – with the potential for this link to become the western section of the proposed Suburban Rail Loop.

Increased capacity between Sunshine and the CBD

Increased track capacity between Sunshine and the CBD is needed for faster and more frequent metro and regional trains.

Work is underway to identify possible options, including a possible new rail tunnel. This planning will take place in conjunction with the development of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.

Key Dates

Oct 2018 Project Announcement

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2018 Victorian Government announced the Western Rail Plan. $50 million was allocated in the 2018-19 State Budget for planning.
May 2019 Victorian Budget for 2019-20 allocated $100 million in funding for Western Rail Plan for detailed planning and design work to progress.
Mar 2020 Federal government announced that it will provide $2 billion in funding for Fast Rail to Geelong.
Oct 2020 In 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Western Rail Plan was allocated $30 million in funding.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Resources
Project pages
Victoria's Big Build
Major Contract

Geelong Fast Rail

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Geelong Fast Rail

Geelong to Melbourne Fast Rail project forms part of Federal Government's National Faster Rail Plan. While the project is jointly funded by Federal and Victorian Governments, the project delivery will be undertaken by Victorian Government under the Western Rail Plan, and overseen by Rail Projects Victoria.

Passenger rail services between Geelong and Southern Cross Station take approximately one hour at an average speed of between 70 and 80 kilometres per hour. A report by the Victorian Auditor-General shows that during
peak hour, the current rail service is often over capacity.

The Fast Rail project will take a more direct route between the two cities, bypassing Sunshine in Melbourne’s west and instead travelling through Werribee. This new Werribee corridor will reduce the journey by up to eight kilometres, resulting in a shorter journey time of approximately 50 minutes, with the potential to fall below 40 minutes upon completion of all stages. The project’s major efficiencies will be delivered by Stage One through the development of tracks dedicated to regional services between Werribee and Laverton. 

The project will be delivered in stages, with only details for stage one between Werribee and Newport so far announced.

Stage One of the project between Werribee and Newport will include: 

  • new track dedicated to regional services (between Werribee and Laverton)
  • upgrades to bridges over main roads
  • station upgrades at Werribee and Laverton
  • new bridges and culverts over creeks and rivers, and
  • signalling and train control system upgrades. 

Key Dates

Mar 2019 Project Announcement
Jan 2023 Expected Construction Commencement

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2018 Victorian Government announced the Western Rail Plan. $50 million was allocated in the 2018-19 State Budget for planning.
Mar 2019 Federal Government announced that it will provide $2 billion in funding for Fast Rail to Geelong.
May 2019 The 2019-20 Victorian Budget provided an additional $100 million to complete planning and design works to deliver full separation of regional and metro services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines, as committed during the 2018 State election campaign. This is on top of the $50 million allocated in the 2018-19 Budget for faster rail to Geelong.
May 2021 Rail Projects Victoria issued an Advanced Tender Notice for Technical Advisory Services to support the development and delivery of Geelong Fast Rail and elements of Western Rail Plan.
Estimated Total Cost
(2020)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Infrastructure agency resources
Faster Rail Plan
DITRDC investment brief
Media releases
2019/03/22
2020/11/21
Tender notices
2021/05/18
Project pages
Victoria's Big Build