Regional Rail Link: Latest News and Updates
Published on Tuesday 7 February, 2012
What is Regional Rail Link?
Regional Rail Link is a major new rail line running from West Werribee to Deer Park and along the existing rail corridor through suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.
Regional Rail Link separates regional trains from metropolitan trains – for the first time giving Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.
Regional Rail Link will increase capacity and reliability for Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat services.
It will free up critically needed space for additional suburban services on the Werribee, Sunbury and Craigieburn lines.
The project will include:
- a new set of dedicated regional tracks - allowing regional services to run directly into Melbourne and not be caught up with the growing number of suburban services
- two new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
- two new platforms at Southern Cross Station and
- construction of a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River.
^Source: State Government of Victoria Department of Transport website
What does the Regional Rail Link mean for Brimbank?
The Regional Rail Link project is great for Brimbank and certainly great for Sunshine and will add value to Council's commitment to revitalising the Sunshine Town Centre. Having the infrastructure, amenity and safety of the Sunshine Railway Station substantially improved will provide Sunshine with a major asset to attract and welcome people to the area. It will create major opportunities for urban renewal and a brighter future for Sunshine.
The Regional Rail Link project will provide much improved rail infrastructure within the Brimbank municipality, with the most signification improvement happening within Sunshine.
A redevelopment of the Sunshine Railway Station will see better linkages, safer access, and a more integrated transport precinct not to mention a much safer environment for commuter, pedestrians, cyclists and the community.
Two road/rail separations at level crossings on Anderson Road in Sunshine will improve traffic flow and community safety.
Regional Rail Link is also crucial to managing growth in Brimbank and Wyndham, as well as in Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat and is the key to the revitalisation of communities along the 47 kilometre route from Central Melbourne to Werribee. The West, Australia's fastest growing region, and regional Victoria need extra train services for up to 9000 passengers across the network in peak hour.
Regional Rail Link - The Ticket to Urban Renewal in Sunshine (4MB)
Community Involvement - Drop-in days
Regular Regional Rail Link community 'drop in' days are held on Wednesdays every fortnight you can drop in to the Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre to speak with members of the Regional Rail Link community relations team.
Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre - Consulting Room
86 Manor Lakes Boulevard
Melway ref: 204 G1
Any time between: 12 noon - 8.00 pm
For more information please see current and planned works page on the Regional Rail Link website.
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