Connecting regional Victoria

With regional Victoria’s population expected to almost double by 2051, we are investing in transport infrastructure and services. To give communities in regional Victoria the quality services they deserve.

This includes the Regional Rail Revival program. This once in a generation investment is improving infrastructure and services by upgrading track, stations and signalling to:

  • run more trains
  • operate more often
  • improve reliably

The $1.5 billion program is jointly funded with the Commonwealth. It includes a substantial series of projects across the regional rail network. These investments will make it easier for people to access jobs, education and services. As well as connecting goods produced in Victoria with markets across the country and around the world.

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Did you know Did you know

In 2014, 360 million tonnes of freight was moved around Victoria via our road and rail networks.

 

Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 13 projects and reforms under this Transport priority. These are detailed in the Transport sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Connecting Regional Victoria — Victoria's regional network development plan

The Victorian Government has launched Connecting Regional Victoria. This is the first ever long-term plan to develop and improve public transport in regional Victoria.

The plan was developed following one of the most extensive public consultation processes ever undertaken in regional Victoria. Nearly 40 workshops were held right across the state, gathering more than 15,000 individual pieces of feedback.

Under the plan, regional Victorians will get:

  • more trains
  • better bus services
  • new connections
  • upgraded stations

These will help people get where they need to go quickly, reliably and safely.

The long-term goal of the plan is to deliver trains at least every 20 minutes in peak hours and every 40 minutes off-peak to major regional centres. There will also be five services, five days a week on these outer regional lines:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Albury - Wodonga
  • Echuca
  • Swan Hill
  • Shepparton

 

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 3 other priorities within the Transport sector. They are:

Making the most of existing assets

Building for the future

Developing smarter transport solutions