Faster services for Victoria’s fastest-growing regional city
Posted: 21 Nov 2020
The Victorian and Australian governments have agreed to provide faster services between Geelong and Melbourne via the Werribee corridor, enabling a travel time of around 50 minutes.
Stage one of Geelong Fast Rail will deliver a range of rail infrastructure upgrades along the Werribee corridor between Werribee and Newport, including new express track between Werribee and Laverton dedicated to regional services.
This is the shortest and most direct rail line between Geelong and Melbourne, approximately eight kilometres shorter than the current route that travels through the western suburbs via Sunshine.
Some Geelong services will continue to use the current route via Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, providing connections with new Melbourne Airport Rail services at Sunshine.
Running Geelong services on the Werribee corridor also frees up room for more trains to Melbourne’s west and regional Victoria including Wyndham, Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo that run on the Sunshine corridor.
Construction on Geelong Fast Rail will begin in 2023 subject to relevant planning, environmental and government approvals.
Rail Projects Victoria will continue to undertake detailed planning and technical investigations to refine the project’s details and inform future investments for the Geelong corridor, as part of the Western Rail Plan.
The Victorian and Australian governments have committed $2 billion each to deliver Geelong Fast Rail.