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 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.