Melbourne’s Regional Rail Link to provide more trains
There’s exciting news for residents of Melbourne’s western suburbs, as from Sunday 21 June the new Regional Rail Link will open. Costing $3.65 billion, this will become Melbourne’s first major rail line in 80 years, and commuters will benefit from an extra two hundred rail services every week between Geelong and Melbourne.
Geelong commuters will soon be able to catch a train every 10 minutes during peak hours to reach the Melbourne CBD and trains every 20 minutes on weekdays.
Ninety kilometres of new track has been laid and has been designed to remove the major bottlenecks in Victoria’s rail network to provide a smoother and more efficient service.
This Regional Rail Link will allow for an extra 23 metropolitan and 10 regional services during morning and evening peak hours, enabling an extra 54,000 passengers to travel every day.
As well as more trains, Melbourne’s west will also benefit from new and improved bus networks in Wyndham Vale, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula that will operate alongside the trains and will commence with the opening of the Regional Rail Link. These bus services will be more frequent and reliable and will cover a more extensive area.
Geelong trains will move onto dedicated V/line tracks allowing more Metro services to be delivered. The trains will run from West Werribee Junction to Southern Cross Station and will stop at new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit which have been built to cater for the growing population and expanding area.
This new route will provide two extra peak hour services on the Werribee line as well as four extra peak hour services stopping at Bacchus Marsh. Deer Park Station will also see trains run at least every 20 minutes during the week, instead of currently running every two hours.
More plans and improvements are expected later on in the year in line with the next metropolitan timetable change and this new line will set the foundations for future expansion to meet the needs of a growing population in Victoria.
Published on 3rd of June 2015 by Marty Stanowich