5 years worth of commitment and hard work later… Us in the west have managed to pull off an astounding feat. Translate rhetoric into actual infrastructure! Better days ahead with the Regional Rail Link completed! Hurray anyone?
Below is the blurb attached to its beautiful HDR-saturated Youtube Video:
Regional Rail Link is a landmark infrastructure project designed to remove major bottlenecks in Victoria’s rail network. It does this by untangling metropolitan and regional tracks as they travel through Melbourne’s west into the heart of the city.
Dedicated regional tracks have been built from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park, then along the existing rail corridor from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station. Passengers on the Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat lines now have a streamlined journey through the metropolitan system.
The $3.65 billion dollar project was jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.
Regional Rail Link increased the size of Victoria’s rail network by laying 90km of new track. The project also included:
* two new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
* a rebuilt West Footscray railway station
* a rebuilt Sunshine railway station
* a major upgrade to Footscray railway station
* improvements to the entrance and forecourt at Tottenham station
* two new platforms at Southern Cross Station
* removal of two level crossings at Anderson Road in Sunshine
* 13 road and rail grade separations through Wyndham Vale and Tarneit
* construction of a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River
Regional Rail Link creates capacity for an extra 23 metropolitan and 10 regional services during each morning and evening peak period. This means capacity for an additional 54,000 passenger trips each day.
As well as improving existing services, Regional Rail Link lays the foundations for future expansion of the rail network to meet the needs of Victoria’s growing population.