Geelong Fast Rail

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 growth.

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.

Through our 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

The Stronger, 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.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 November 2019