Investment $1.12 billion
Regional Victorians deserve to have transport options they can rely on. Better rail and public transport in regional Victoria ensures communities are well connected, and all Victorians can get where they need to go, regardless of where they live.
The Victorian Government will invest $1.12 billion in regional public transport to improve the regional rail network to address growth in demand, improve the reliability of services and give regional towns and cities the infrastructure they deserve.
What will the money be used for?
The 2017/18 Budget includes investments for:
New regional trains
The Budget invests in more new regional trains, with $311.1 million for 39 new VLocity carriages, made in Victoria, for Victoria. This builds on the 27 additional VLocity carriages funded last year, and will help deliver more comfortable, frequent and reliable train travel for regional Victorians.
Regional network maintenance
Maintenance on the regional network and V/Line fleet will receive a massive boost to keep passenger and freight services running.
This $316.4 million investment will support regional train punctuality, safety and reliability, and help prevent speed restrictions on regional lines to get regional Victorians where they need to go faster.
Improve transport connectivity
$43.5 million will also be provided to improve transport connectivity between Seymour and Shepparton, with additional coach services and infrastructure to increase train services.
A further $4.4 million has also been provided to expand and upgrade bus services in the Bellarine Peninsula, Ballarat and Wallan, to improve network coverage and provide additional options for public transport users in these areas.
Increasing the number of transport options available to regional passengers is a focus for the Victorian Government, and the Victorian Budget 2017/18 supports connectivity by investing $193.2 million in the Night Network for the ongoing delivery of 24-hour public transport on weekends.
This includes the continued provision of regional coaches to provide safe, reliable transport options for people living in regions accessing the city on a Friday and Saturday night.
Regional Rail Revival plan
With a growing regional population, we are committed to providing significant funding to ensure our regional rail networks run smoothly, reliably and safely.
The Government has developed a Regional Rail Revival plan, comprising $1.5 billion in projects to address the reliability of the regional network and to give regional cities and towns the infrastructure they deserve.
The plan includes $435 million to be invested in the Gippsland Rail Upgrade, which will create hundreds of jobs. These works include track duplications, crossing loops, station enhancements and 20 level crossing improvements.
Funding of further initiatives under the Regional Rail Revival plan will require the full receipt of Victoria’s entitlement under the National Partnership Agreement on Asset Recycling from the Commonwealth Government.
- Additional projects include:
- The first stage of the new Surf Coast Rail project, a massive new plan to give people in Geelong and the Surf Coast a better rail service, including planning for a spur line to Torquay
- Upgrades to the Warrnambool line to enable more frequent and reliable services
- Upgrades to the Bendigo line, with further upgrades on the Ballarat line to Ararat, which also deliver better services for Maryborough
- Planning for new rolling stock on the North East rail