Regional Rail Link will improve Victoria's rail network in four major areas:
Expanding Victoria's rail network
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.
Removing major bottlenecks
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.
Improving reliability of train services
Expanding the rail network will provide both metropolitan and regional commuters with more reliable train services.
Increasing the number of peak trains
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.
Enabling future network expansions
Regional Rail Link will also provide essential infrastructure that lays the foundations for future rail projects.
Growing the Victorian economy
During peak construction it is estimated Regional Rail Link will add $1 billion annually to the Victorian economy.
Providing a major jobs boost
The project will provide employment for more than 6,000 people, including 3,500 direct and 2,700 indirect jobs.
Reducing road congestion
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.
Boosting investment in Melbourne's west
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.
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 are under construction at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. West Footscray railway station has been relocated and rebuilt, and the rebuild of Sunshine railway station is nearing completion. Designs for these stations will 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 will be built in these suburbs.
Introducing new services
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.
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 will also improve cycling connections in Melbourne's west and allow for further cycling infrastructure upgrades.
Research into benefits
RRLA has partnered with Melbourne University to explore how public transport projects create possibilities for social and economic activity.
The initial phase of the research will explore the social impact that public transport projects have on communities beyond the obvious transport benefits; that is, positive impacts in relation to:
- employment opportunities
- health and well-being
- socio-economic benefits, and
- connectedness within communities.
The findings from this research are expected to be released later this year.
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Further information from this document is available in What is Regional Rail Link section of the website.