Regional Development VictoriaRDA Hume

State Government of Victoria


Hume Region Freight and Passenger Road and Rail Reviews

High Speed Rail Economic and Social Benefits for the Hume Region report:

In 2014 Hume RDA commissioned a study to further understand the potential economic and social benefits of the proposed high speed rail project for the region.

An analysis of the economic and social benefits for the Hume Region was undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics recognizing that the region has the potential to capitalise on development of two regional stations. The recently finalised High Speed Rail Economic and Social Benefits for the Hume Region report established significant economic and social benefits to the Hume Region of high speed such as:

 Hume region High Speed Rail Infographic

Regional benefits of this magnitude are very significant, especially as there are a range of ancillary benefits and the impacts on the Hume Region are likely to be replicated by other regional areas along the high speed rail route. To find out more:

Download the report on high speed rail for the Hume Region
Hume High Speed Rail Report (PDF 1.1 MB)
Download the infographic on high speed rail for the Hume Region
Hume High Speed Rail Infographic (PDF 300.0 KB)

In 2012 the Hume RDA Committee funded the development of a report to outline the strategic direction for freight for the Hume Region.

The aim of the project has been to develop a range of strategies that can be pursued to attract investment in the Hume Region. These strategies include:

  • Building the capacity of the Hume Freight Network
  • Improving freight efficiencies within the Hume Region
  • Supporting the development of regional freight facilities
  • Supporting a policy and planning framework that takes account of the Hume Region.
Download the final summary report on the Freight Directions in the Hume Region
Freight Directions in the Hume Region - Summary Report (PDF 2.0 MB)
Download the final detailed report on the Freight Directions in the Hume Region
Freight Directions in the Hume Region - Detailed Report (PDF 2.3 MB)

In 2011 the Hume RDA Committee commissioned Stage 1 of the Hume Region Passenger and Freight Rail Review project. The project undertook a review of both passenger and freight rail services within the region and was delivered by GHD.

The review identified the need for significant improvements due to a scarcity of passenger rail services within the region and a continuing decline in the use of rail to transport freight.

Key recommendations from the review included:

  • Gauge standardisation of the Shepparton (Goulburn Valley) Line
  • Increase passenger rail services along the Shepparton and Albury/ Wodonga Lines
  • Track upgrades along the Shepparton and Albury/Wodonga Lines to achieve parity with Regional Fast Rail (RFR) standards (i.e. Class 1 track)
  • Additional passenger rail rolling stock
  • Investigate opportunities for a container terminal in the Shepparton region
  • Develop the GV Logistics Centre
  • Develop Intermodal Rail Terminals at the GV Logistics Centre and at LOGIC Wodonga
  • Increase the freight network to allow private sidings/spur lines to connect to the main network
  • Introduce a ‘business carriage’ on all trains within the Hume region.
Download the final report on the Hume Region Rail Review Stage1
Hume Region Rail Review Stage1 Final Report (PDF 4.8 MB)


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Last Updated: 04 June 2018