Image source: Victoria’s Future Rail Network, Transport for Victoria.
Victorian Rail Infrastructure Program
Architectus has been engaged to assist Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) and Aurecon, Jacobs and Mott McDonald (AJM) on the Victorian Rail Infrastructure Program (VRIP). VRIP consists of a series of future rail projects which are in early stages of planning, feasibility and design. These projects form part of the state government’s Western Rail Plan (WRP) which sets out the future investments Victoria needs for a fast, high-capacity rail network that services the state’s growing suburbs and regional cities. The WRP will allow for:
- Melbourne Airport to be connected to the rail network via a new rail hub at Sunshine
- Increased capacity between Sunshine and the CBD to cater for faster and more frequent metro and regional trains
- Two new electrified metro rail lines through to growth areas in Melton and Wyndham Vale
- Major investment in the Geelong and Ballarat lines (in addition to the separation of the Melton and Wyndham Vale lines)
- Exploration of electrification of the Geelong and Ballarat lines and new, fast electric regional trains
Melbourne Airport Rail and Sunshine Hub are flagship rail projects in the WRP. The Victorian and Commonwealth governments have committed up to $5b each to deliver Melbourne Airport Rail, which will run from the CBD to the Airport via Sunshine. The new rail connection will provide a vital link for tourists and business people to connect to regional Victoria and the CBD.
The Victorian Government has announced that Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) will be developing a detailed business case for Melbourne Airport Rail, as well as leading planning for Victoria’s next round of rail projects as part of the WRP. Architectus, as part of the AJM JV Technical Advisor team, is assisting with the concept design of Melbourne Airport Rail and Sunshine Hub to inform the development of a business case and wider opportunities for the area. We are collaborating with the AJM JV on the design of key stations and urban design strategies which will assist with the communication and alignment of broader goals, place making initiatives and coordination between various government agencies with a shared interest in project outcomes.