Rail feasibility studies
With Victoria’s continuing strong growth it is important to explore a range of options for providing high-quality public transport in Melbourne and across the state.
Detailed planning investigations enable the government to understand the feasibility of building new rail lines. Independent studies provide greater understanding of a range of key considerations, including patronage projections, constructability and costs.
Feasibility studies on this page:
- Doncaster Rail study
- Melbourne Airport Rail Link study
- Rail Revival Study: Geelong-Ballarat-Bendigo
- Rowville Rail Study
- Investigating the provision of rail services to Drysdale and Torquay
The Doncaster Rail Study was an independent assessment of the requirements of constructing a heavy rail line to Doncaster.
The final Doncaster Rail Study Phase One Recommendations Report was released on 28 October 2014. Phase One of the Doncaster Rail Study was delivered through a partnership of four key engineering firms, led by URS, with a number of supporting sub-contractors.
Download the study scope (PDF) 1.1MB
Download the study scope - accessible version (RTF) 233kb
PTV published a response to the final report, which outlines PTV’s priorities for progressing the development of the rail line.
Download PTV's response to the final report (PDF) 1.1MB
The Melbourne Airport Rail Link Study was completed in 2013 and assessed 80 alternatives to the 2001 'Albion East' alignment to determine the best route for a Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
An altered Albion East alignment outperformed the assessed alternatives and was the recommended alignment for an Airport rail link.
Download the study overview and findings (PDF) 719kb
PTV carried out a study into the long-term feasibility of returning passenger trains between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo (via Meredith, Maryborough & Castlemaine) – Victoria's second, third and fourth largest cities.
Stage one of the Rowville Rail Study (2011-2012) determined that before a Rowville rail line could be provided, significant capacity increases to the rail network, in particular to the Dandenong rail corridor, would be required. This report presents the findings of an independent study and does not necessarily represent the views of the Minister for Public Transport or Public Transport Victoria.
Stage two of the Rowville Rail Study (2013-2014) continued the planning of a Rowville rail line and identified potential shorter term public transport improvements for the Rowville corridor. The Stage two report was released in June 2014. It provides an update against each of the four key recommendations from stage one of the Rowville Rail Study.
Download the Rowville Rail Study Stage Two Report (PDF) 1.4MB
As part of the 2013-14 State Budget, funding has been provided to determine the feasibility of:
- providing a passenger rail connection between Geelong and Torquay
- reinstating passenger rail services between Geelong and Drysdale along the former Queenscliff railway alignment
The feasibility study will aim to identify what would be required to provide these services, outline proposed solutions to address any identified issues and determine the cost required to do so.
The study will undertake high level site investigations, prepare concept designs, service plans and patronage estimates, determine delivery cost estimates and project benefits, and provide an economic appraisal.