New, Simpler Coloured Map For Victoria’s Train Network

28 December 2016

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce a new colour-coded train map next year, to make it quicker and easier for passengers to find their way on Victoria’s rail network.

The new map unveiled today provides a different colour for each metropolitan train line and highlights interchanges, making it easier to tell which line you are on and where you need to change.

Colours have been carefully chosen to be distinguishable by people with the two most common types of colour vision impairment, and are the same colours as Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) live travel updates.

By showing at a glance which lines are which when they leave the loop, passengers will be able to see when they can stay on a train to connect to a new line.

The map also integrates the metropolitan and regional train networks for the first time, reflecting the increasing integration of Metro and V/Line services and removing the need for passengers to swap between maps if travelling between Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The new map also includes a grid linked to an alphabetical index at the side, to help users locate unfamiliar stations. It will be progressively rolled out on all metropolitan trains and stations from 1 January 2017.

For more information and to download a copy of the new map, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“Coloured maps are used on train networks around the world. It’s a simple change that will make it quicker and easier people to find their way around Melbourne and Victoria on the train.”

“Each line has a different colour and interchange stations are clearly marked, making it easier to tell which line you’re on, which one you want and where to change.”

“The new map also combines the metropolitan and regional networks on the same map for the first time, so passengers don’t need to swap from map-to-map if they’re travelling between Melbourne and regional Victoria.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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