Melton Rail Line upgrade

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Melton Rail Line upgrade

Melbourne outer western suburbs access to CBD
Early-stage proposal (Stage 1)
Location
Western Melbourne, Vic
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Efficient urban transport networks
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Medium term (5-10 years)
Proposed By
Victorian Government
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016

Problem

Melbourne’s long-term growth strategy identifies Melton to Bacchus Marsh as 
a key growth area. The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit estimated that population growth in the Melton–Bacchus Marsh region will grow at an average annual rate of 3.9% per year between 2011 and 2031. This is the second-highest growth rate in Greater Melbourne.
The Audit identified the Melton–Bacchus Marsh region as an area in which high levels of additional transport activity is expected out to 2031. Audit data shows that demand on the Melton Line is projected to grow to around three times current capacity by 2031.
Currently, the line between Melton Station and Sunshine Station is operated by V/Line and is not part of the metropolitan network. This section of the line is not electrified, which limits higher-capacity trains being introduced on the line. The Melton Line currently lacks the capacity to service future population growth.

Proposal

The proposal involves upgrading the Melton Line to expand capacity to service additional demand associated with population growth.
Options that may be considered as part of the upgrade include, but are not limited to:

  • preservation of corridors for extensions and/or duplication of the Melton Line
  • duplication of the Melton Line
  • electrification of the Melton Line
  • capacity upgrades where the Melton Line meets the metropolitan network at Sunshine Station (part of the Sunbury Line).

This proposal is complementary to the Melbourne rail network capacity Early-Stage Proposal, which isalso included on the Infrastructure Priority List.

Next steps

Proponent to develop potential investment options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).