Regional Rail Link will improve Victoria's rail network in four major areas:
Regional Rail Link will increase 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.
Regional Rail Link will remove 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.
Expanding the rail network will provide both metropolitan and regional commuters with more reliable train services.
When complete, Regional Rail Link will provide 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.
Regional Rail Link will also provide essential infrastructure that lays the foundations for future rail projects.
During peak construction it is estimated Regional Rail Link will add $1 billion annually to the Victorian economy.
The project will provide employment for more than 6,000 people, including 3,500 direct and 2,700 indirect jobs.
Regional Rail Link will expand 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.
Regional Rail Link will improve links 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.
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.
Two new stations are under construction at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. West Footscray station has been relocated and rebuilt, and Sunshine station is receiving a major upgrade. Designs for these stations will improve safety and encourage a sense of place.
Two level crossings are being removed at Anderson Road in Sunshine, increasing safety and relieving pressure on a heavily congested arterial road.
Regional Rail Link will include 13 road and rail grade separations through Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. This will ensure there are no new level crossings in these suburbs.
Wyndham Vale and Tarneit will be 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.
The extra passenger capacity created by Regional Rail Link will save around 14,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year.
Regional Rail Link will also improve cycling connections in Melbourne's west and allow for further cycling infrastructure upgrades.
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