What is Regional Rail Link?
Regional Rail Link is a landmark infrastructure project designed to remove major bottlenecks in Victoria's rail network. It will do this by untangling metropolitan and regional tracks as they travel through Melbourne's west into the heart of the city.
Dedicated regional tracks have been built from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park, then along the existing rail corridor from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.
This separates regional trains from metropolitan trains – for the first time giving Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.
Key features include:
- construction of new track from west of Werribee to Deer Park
- construction of new tracks from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station
- two new platforms at Southern Cross Station
- a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River
- new stations for Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
- a new station at West Footscray
- a major upgrade to Footscray station
- a rebuilt Sunshine railway station
- improvements to the entrance and forecourt at Tottenham railway station
- the removal of two level crossings at Anderson Road, Sunshine
- 13 road and rail grade separations through Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
Regional Rail Link creates capacity for an extra 23 metropolitan and 10 regional services during each morning and evening peak period. This means capacity for an additional 54,000 passenger trips each day.
As well as improving existing services, Regional Rail Link lays the foundations for future expansion of the rail network to meet the needs of Victoria's growing population. Read more about the benefits of the project.
The $3.65 billion project was jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.