About Regional Roads Victoria
Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) was established in September 2018, to respond to community needs, focus on regional issues and improve the condition of regional roads. On 1 July 2019, RRV and VicRoads came together with Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and the Department of Transport, to form a new, integrated Department of Transport.
Operating within the new Department, we are focussed on coordinating the transport system and planning for its future. This approach will ensure we are responding to regional issues for regional people.
RRV brings together five regions which include:
The five regional offices, regional Public Transport and the Safer Roads program are managed by the Chief, Regional Surface Transport.
Under the leadership of Paul Northey, Chief Regional Surface Transport, RRV is championing the needs of country Victorians.
Mr Northey has lived in regional Victoria his entire working life, including working for Barwon Water in Geelong for the past 24 years and Coliban Water in Bendigo before that.
“I have lived in regional Victoria for around 30 years, so I know first-hand how critical, safe and reliable roads are to the livelihood and productivity of regional communities"
What is our focus?
With more than 19,000 kilometres of arterial roads to manage – from the major freeways and highways linking our towns and cities, to the roads that service agricultural production, freight and tourism – we’re working closely with communities, industry and other parts of Government who are delivering for regional Victoria. This includes Major Road Projects Victoria and the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority to make sure road improvements are delivered to a high standard and with minimal disruption. Our roads also support 43 million regional public transport trips per annum that rely on the regional road network to get around.
RRV is now working with every regional and rural council and community to improve how the transport network is planned and maintained. We are doing this so that we deliver better outcomes for people, wherever they live.
Since our launch in September 2018, we’ve been engaging with communities to better understand their values and road safety priorities. We’ve taken this on board with our partners, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to deliver projects that are improving safety and the road condition where the needs are highest.
Our Safer Roads program is reducing the risk and severity of crashes for all road users by installing safety treatments, including:
- flexible safety barriers
- wide centrelines
- overtaking lanes
- intersection upgrades
- new cycling corridors
- pedestrian crossings.
Our aim is not only to consistently improve the safety and condition of our roads, but to bring you with us – so you know the why and how of what we’re doing, and the benefits.
What are our funding priorities?
The Victorian Government’s two-year $425 million investment into rebuilding and resealing regional roads will see more smoother, stronger and safer roads delivered through the annual maintenance program.
As part of the Victorian Government’s economic response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the state is investing $124 million to deliver landslip prevention works, bridge strengthening, and extra road maintenance as part of the Building Works Program.
The $340 million Road Safety Program was announced in October 2020 as part of the Federal budget. Commonwealth and Victorian Governments are jointly dedicating $97.2 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements through the Targeted Road Safety Works Program.
How we engage with you?
We’re setting a new benchmark for community engagement with a focus on ‘closing the loop’ with the communities and industries we’re working with. Our dedicated call centre - 133 RRV (778) - is connecting with more Victorians than ever, and we’re being more proactive, open and transparent about our program of works (both planned and underway) via this website, media and social media.
Through every aspect of planning and delivery, we’re coordinating with other parts of Government, who are delivering for regional Victoria, to make sure these transport priorities get done with minimal disruption for locals. Ultimately, our job is to make sure that the regional transport network which people rely on every day to get to work or take their kids to school or move their produce to market, is up to scratch. This is a challenge that will take sustained focus, consultation and continued investment. It’s critical that we keep working together to make our everyday connections reliable, comfortable, sustainable and safe.
Now as part of an integrated Department of Transport which aims to provide more connected, safer journeys, we take with us our commitment to place regional Victorians and our people first.