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North East Line Upgrade

The $235 million North East Line Upgrade will enable improved services for passengers.

What will happen?

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be delivering the upgrade, which includes:

  • track resurfacing
  • new ballast
  • new underground wires
  • drainage improvements
  • bridge upgrades
  • mud-hole removal
  • backup and solar power supplies
  • smoother track surface

In addition, the Victorian Government will deliver new modern trains for the line.

The design of these new trains is underway, and their delivery will be timed to align with the completion of the North East Line Upgrade.

Map showing the scope of the North East Line Upgrade

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 for passengers.

It will improve ride comfort for passenger services by reducing bumps experienced during travel.

The upgrade will make services more reliable by upgrading track and addressing the main causes of delays.

The project will upgrade the north-east line to a Victorian Class 2 performance standard, bringing it into line with other parts of Victoria’s regional rail network.

Who is responsible?

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be responsible for delivering the project.

The scope, methodology and delivery plan has been independently reviewed by the Institute of Railway Technology at Monash University.

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) will oversee the project on behalf of the Victorian Government to ensure maximum benefits are delivered to North East line passengers.

Next steps

ARTC is undertaking a procurement process to appoint a contractor to deliver this upgrade.

Early works are expected to start in early 2019 with construction expected to take place from mid-2019 to mid-2021.

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