Shepparton Line Upgrade
Funded by the Victorian Government, the Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver faster and more frequent services and will allow modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.
What will happen?
The $356.5 million Shepparton Line Upgrade will be delivered in two stages.
Stage one, which is already underway, includes:
- stabling upgrade at Shepparton Station
- crossing loop extension near Murchison East
- 29 extra coach services between Shepparton and Seymour to connect with train services from May 2018.
Stage two includes:
- new stabling at or north of Shepparton to house VLocity trains
- platform extensions at Shepparton, Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations
- signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h
- upgrades to 54 level crossing between Seymour and Shepparton.
Funding is also provided for a business case to finalise the scope and costs for stage three of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will deliver nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
What are the benefits?
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will give passengers more frequent and reliable services, as well as more modern trains.
The stabling upgrade as part of stage one will enable a fifth daily return service between Shepparton and Melbourne in 2019.
This stage also delivers 29 additional coach services per week between Seymour and Shepparton from May 2018, to spread services throughout the day ahead of the new train services for the line.
The crossing loop will provide a freight path and improve service reliability by giving trains more opportunities to pass each other.
Stage two of the Shepparton Line Upgrade will allow VLocity trains to run to and from Shepparton for the first time.
The upgrades will improve the amenity and reliability of the Shepparton line and deliver up to a 20-minute travel time reduction between Melbourne and Shepparton once complete.
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 delivery of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is being overseen by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Work has already started on stage one of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.
This includes site investigations and surveys and design work for the stabling at Shepparton and crossing loop near Murchison East.
Passengers may notice more activity near the rail line as we gather this information to finalise the design and planning process.
Nine new train services have been added to the Shepparton line since 2017.
An additional 29 coach services per week will be added between Seymour and Shepparton from May 2018, in advance of the extra train services being provided next year.