North East Corridor Upgrade
The North East Corridor Upgrade will enable improved services for north-east Victoria and the growing communities of Donnybrook and Wallan.
The North East Corridor Upgrade will enable improved services for north East Victoria and the growing communities of Donnybrook and Wallan.
What will happen?
The North East Corridor Upgrade includes:
- track upgrades from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga to at least Victorian Class 2 standard
- supporting infrastructure for VLocity trains
- upgrading Donnybrook and Wallan stations
- Shepparton freight network planning
What are the benefits?
The upgrade will enable VLocity trains to run to Albury/Wodonga for the first time, delivering a more reliable and comfortable service.
This will bring the North East corridor into line with other parts of Victoria’s regional passenger network and enable faster running times for the twice-daily service between Sydney and Melbourne.
Wallan and Donnybrook are major growth areas, with populations expected to soar in the next two decades. We will be upgrading stations to service these growing communities.
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).
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.
The Victorian Government has separately funded the $43.5 million Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will deliver regional train stabling facilities, a new crossing loop and extra train and coach services for the Shepparton line. This will enable a fifth daily return service between Shepparton and Melbourne.
The Shepparton line has had nine new train services added since January 2017. A $15 million investment for the North East line has included train refurbishments and an additional carriage set added to the fleet.
The Victorian Government has funded station upgrades, including new roofs at Wallan and Kilmore East, and car park improvements at Seymour, Donnybrook, Wallan and Kilmore East. Bike parking is also planned for major stations.
The Victorian Government has completed 18 level and pedestrian crossing upgrades in the North East corridor, with four more to be completed by the end of 2018.