Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$3.65 billion Regional Rail Link complete

Media Release


14 June 2015

The $3.65 billion Regional Rail Link is complete, with the final section of the project through Tarneit and Wyndham Vale opening to commuters next Sunday, June 21.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined Parliamentary colleagues, project representatives and local government officials today on the first passenger train service along the new dedicated regional tracks through Melbourne's west.

Mr Truss said Regional Rail Link removed major bottlenecks in Victoria's rail network and significantly increased capacity for passengers in Melbourne's west and Victoria's major regional centres of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

“The Regional Rail Link has expanded Victoria's rail network by laying 50 kilometres of dedicated dual track and 40 kilometres of single track from West Werribee through to Southern Cross Station,” Mr Truss said.

“The completion of this project has seen regional rail services separated from metropolitan rail services, providing additional capacity for passengers across the rail network.

“It has also provided an economic boost for Victoria, with an injection of $1 billion annually into the Victorian economy during construction and the creation of 3,500 construction jobs.”

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said commuters will be able to spend more time at home and less time waiting for transport with trains running every 10 minutes for Geelong commuters throughout peak periods.

“Regional Rail Link transforms our train network, delivering more frequent, reliable trains to Melbourne's booming west and Victoria's major regional centres,” Mr Andrews said.

“Regional Rail Link is one of the most important projects in Victoria's history and a great example of what can be achieved when Federal and State Governments work together to deliver major public transport infrastructure."

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said it was exciting to catch the first passenger service on the new tracks and acknowledged the hard work of all involved.

“This is the culmination of seven years of hard work by 15,000 engineers, designers and builders,” Mrs Allan said.

“Regional Rail Link proves how important investing in public transport infrastructure is to jobs, our economy and our future. We're getting on with it, building Melbourne Metro and removing 50 of our worst level crossings”

Regional Rail Link is the state's first new major rail line in 80 years and has been delivered ahead of schedule and under budget. The project has delivered:

  • 90 kilometres of new track,
  • five new or upgraded stations,
  • 13 grade separations, 
  • two level crossing removals, and
  • improvements to cycling and civic infrastructure across Melbourne's west

The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $2.7 billion and the Victorian Government contributing $931 million.