Faster rail

Investigating faster rail linkages between our cities and surrounding regional areas

The 2017 Budget includes a commitment by the Government to investigate improvements to the rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas through $20 million in funding to support the development of business cases.

This measure will support the continued economic success of cities and their surrounding regions by investigating options for faster travel times, rail upgrades and new infrastructure.

The Government recognises that there have been a number of proposals in recent years put forward for faster rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas. This is an opportunity to investigate some of those proposals and encourage new thinking about making improvements elsewhere.

The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, released the Faster rail prospectus on Wednesday 20 September 2017.

The next steps in the process will involve:

  • receiving Stage 1 project proposal outlines by 13 October 2017
  • selecting Stage 2 participants
  • receiving Stage 2 detailed project proposals in November 2017
  • announcement of Stage 3 participants in December 2017.

Finalised business cases will be assessed by Infrastructure Australia.