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Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will enable faster services to Echuca, and more frequent services from Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat to Bendigo.

Project video

What will happen?

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade includes:

  • upgrading sleepers and tracks to increase the maximum track speed between Epsom and Echuca from 80km/h to 130km/h
  • signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk
  • train control and train protection system changes
  • level crossing upgrades and drainage improvements.

Bendigo Line Upgrade map

What are the benefits?

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will allow trains to and from Echuca to run faster and more often.

The project will enable more services to run between Epsom, Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat and Bendigo, delivering Bendigo Metro Stage 2, to give locals a metro-style train service.

Regional Rail Revival will provide opportunities for local suppliers to create jobs, develop industry skills and grow local economies, through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP).

Who is responsible?

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Next steps

We will start with site investigations, including environmental assessments, traffic and noise monitoring, soil and rock testing and locating underground services like phone and gas. Passengers may notice more activity near the rail line as we gather this information to help the design and planning process.

We will notify the community of any disruption via information sessions, letterbox drops, emails, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.

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Other improvements

The Bendigo line has had 38 new services added since January 2015. Stage 1 of Bendigo Metro has been rolled out, with 10 new weekday services to Epsom Station, an extra evening service to Eaglehawk and more services to Kangaroo Flat during the week.

Carparks have been upgraded at Woodend, Castlemaine, Gisborne and Kyneton, with plans underway for upgrades at Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Macedon stations.

The Victorian Government has invested $18 million to improve mobile phone coverage for regional rail passengers through new mobile towers and in-train technology.

Newsletter

Download a copy of our Winter 2018 newsletter (PDF, 529.5 KB).