Gippsland Line Upgrade
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver more trains, more often, to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.
What will happen?
The $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade includes:
- second platforms at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
- track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry, and sections near Moe, Morwell and Traralgon
- level crossing upgrades along the line
- signalling upgrades at Traralgon
- relocation of Traralgon stabling facilities
- extending the crossing loop at Morwell
- replacing the Avon River bridge in Stratford.
What are the benefits?
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable much needed extra services on the Gippsland line.
Improved train detection at level crossings along the line will improve safety for motorists and trains, and allow VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale.
The relocation of Traralgon stabling facilities will mean more trains can be housed, allowing extra services.
The replacement of the Avon River bridge will mean trains no longer need to slow down to 10km per hour in this section.
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).
MMRA will establish a local site office in the Latrobe Valley.
Who is responsible?
The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
We have started site investigations along the Gippsland line including environmental and geotechnical assessments, identifying cultural heritage, hydrology and noise monitoring. 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.
The $9 million Gippsland Rail Corridor Station Upgrade Program will add 100 parking spaces to Traralgon station and 60 to Morwell station, improve disability access, waiting areas and bus facilities at Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Trafalgar stations.
The Gippsland line has had 28 train services added since January 2017, boosting frequency for passengers.
Three new VLocity carriages were added in 2017, doubling capacity on two busy peak services.
The Victorian Government has invested $18 million to improve mobile coverage for regional rail passengers through new mobile towers and in-train technology.