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Highest priority infrastructure projects: Victoria

Posted on August 17th, 2018 in Infrastructure, News

Australia’s fastest growing and best performing state – recording economic growth of 3.3 percent in 2016-17, according to the Bureau of Statistics – Victoria is ripe for infrastructure investment.

Sydney may attract the lion’s share of investment, but there are still plenty of significant projects lined up in the Victorian Government’s 30-Year Strategy to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population. Here are some of the region’s most vital transport projects, ranked in order of importance by Infrastructure Australia.

  1. Melbourne Metro Rail

Currently Victoria’s highest-priority infrastructure project, the Melbourne Metro Rail Project joins similar initiatives in Sydney and Brisbane as transport in Australia’s state capitals heads underground. Costing an estimated $9-$11 billion, this decade-spanning project is a public-private partnership with private investors providing most of the funds.

Linking South Kensington station near the CBD to South Yarra in the south-east, this nine-kilometre tunnel will feature twin lines and five new stations, improving transit times, easing congestion and encouraging more people to use public transport. The stations are scheduled to open in 2026.

  1. M80 Ring Road upgrade

Construction will soon begin on the $2.25 billion upgrade of one of Melbourne’s busiest freeways, with work expected to span from early 2018 to late 2021.

The M80 Ring Road from Princes Freeway to the Western Highway will be expanded with more lanes to increase its capacity. New signs, traffic signals and CCTV cameras will also be installed to improve the safety of drivers.

  1. Murray Basin Rail Project

This $440 million upgrade of rail freight lines in north-west Victoria will ensure the network is capable of meeting the increasing demands of freight services to and from the ports of Geelong and Portland.

By making rail freight a more convenient option, road freight is expected to reduce by 20,000 vehicles, easing congestion and improving safety for other drivers. The upgrades to tracks will also increase axle load capacities from 19 to 21 tonnes.

  1. Inland Rail

Australia’s largest scale infrastructure project, Inland Rail will connect Melbourne to Brisbane via inland NSW to reduce travel times across the country to less than 24 hours. Receiving funding of $8.4 billion from the Federal Government, Inland Rail is expected to inject $16 billion back into the economy over the next 50 years, as well as reducing emissions by 750,000 tonnes by displacing road freight to rail.


This high-capacity rail link will transport freight between the two state capitals, as well as serving a number of regional cities, farms, mines and ports. Around 1,200km of existing rail will be incorporated into the network, with 500km of new track being placed in 13 separate projects across the three states.

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Infrastructure Australia. Infrastructure Priority List – November 2017.