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Project benefits

Regional Rail Link will improve Victoria's rail network in four major areas:

Transport benefits

Expanding Victoria's rail network

Regional Rail Link increased the size of Victoria's rail network, with 90km of new track and dedicated regional lines from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park, then along the existing rail corridor from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.

Removing major bottlenecks

Regional Rail Link removed bottlenecks that cause train delays by untangling regional and metropolitan train services as they travel through Melbourne's west into the heart of the city.

Improving reliability of train services

Expanding the rail network provides both metropolitan and regional commuters with more reliable train services.

Increasing the number of peak trains

Regional Rail Link provides capacity for an extra 23 metropolitan and 10 regional services during each morning and evening peak period, allowing more Victorians to use sustainable public transport.

Enabling future network expansions

Regional Rail Link provides essential infrastructure that lays the foundations for future rail projects.

Economic benefits

Growing the Victorian economy

During peak construction Regional Rail Link added $1 billion annually to the Victorian economy.

Providing a major jobs boost

The project provided employment for more than 6,000 people, including 3,500 direct and 2,700 indirect jobs.

Reducing road congestion

Regional Rail Link expanded the rail network to increase connections between Victorian communities. The additional transport capacity created by Regional Rail Link will be equivalent to taking about 45,000 cars off the road during peak periods, which will result in an estimated $300 million saving to the Victorian economy per year.

Community benefits

Boosting investment in Melbourne's west

Regional Rail Link improves connections between Melbourne's west and the city centre, making the western region more attractive to businesses and employees.

It is estimated labour productivity in Melbourne's west will grow, boosting gross regional product by more than $1.6 billion.

Improving regional connections

Regional Victorians on the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines will benefit from more reliable and more frequent connections to central Melbourne to get them to and from the city for work, study, business and recreation.

Creating modern transport hubs

Two new stations have been built at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. West Footscray railway station has been relocated and rebuilt, Sunshine railway station has been rebuilt, and Footscray station has received a major upgrade. These stations have been designed to improve safety and encourage a sense of place.

Removing level crossings

Two level crossings have been removed at Anderson Road in Sunshine, increasing safety and relieving pressure on a heavily congested arterial road.

Ensuring no new level crossings

Regional Rail Link includes 13 road and rail grade separations through Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. No new level crossings have been built.

Introducing new services

Wyndham Vale and Tarneit are connected to the rail network for the first time. This will support sustainable growth in Melbourne's west and allow people to access jobs, education, recreation and services more easily.

Environmental benefits

Reducing greenhouse emissions

The extra passenger capacity created by Regional Rail Link will save around 14,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year.

Improving cycling connections

Regional Rail Link also improved cycling connections in Melbourne's west and allows for further cycling infrastructure upgrades.

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