The City is leading
a push to deliver fast rail connections between Melbourne and regional cities.
A revolutionary fast
rail network would provide major benefits for commuters, reducing travel times
while increasing capacity and frequency of services.
It would have wider
societal, economic and environmental benefits, such as reducing congestion on
the roads, creating local jobs and accelerating regional population
Council has resolved
to strongly advocate for a regional fast rail network until it is delivered.
To advance the work
and present a united regional vision, we have developed a partnership with the
key regional centres of Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Latrobe and Colac.
leadership of the New Spirit of Progress Committee, we are playing a central
role in the planning of this transformational project.
The committee aims
to carry out much of the groundwork that is normally done by state and federal
governments, to accelerate action and demonstrate clear commitment.
Building on the
Victorian Government’s Western Rail Plan for Geelong and Ballarat, we have
commissioned a report that proposes 200 kilometre per hour fast rail to five key regional
Together report, released in June 2019, proposes a fully-electrified 200 km/h
commuter rail network linking Melbourne to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo,
Shepparton and Latrobe.
The network would
also connect to the Tullamarine and Avalon airports, and extend to towns such
as Winchelsea and Colac.
An earlier strategy report commissioned by the City sought to present sufficient technical work to
position the project for consideration by state and federal governments.