Shepparton Corridor Upgrade
Funded by the Victorian Government, the Shepparton Corridor 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 million Shepparton Corridor Upgrade will be delivered in two stages.
Stage one, which is now complete, included:
- stabling upgrade at Shepparton Station
- 29 extra coach services between Shepparton and Seymour to connect with train services.
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
- crossing loop extension near Murchison East
- 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 Corridor Upgrade, which will deliver nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
An additional $10 million funding has been provided for planning of the Shepparton freight network.
Donnybrook and Wallan stations will also be upgraded to improve access and amenities for passengers in these growing communities.
What are the benefits?
The Shepparton Corridor Upgrade will give passengers more frequent and reliable services, as well as more modern trains.
The stabling upgrade as part of stage one has enabled 10 extra weekly services on the Shepparton line from April 2019.
This stage also delivered 29 additional coach services per week between Seymour and Shepparton in May 2018, to spread services throughout the day ahead of the new train services for the line.
Stage two of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade will allow VLocity trains to run to and from Shepparton for the first time.
The crossing loop will improve service reliability by giving trains more opportunities to pass each other.
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.
What are the next steps?
Work to upgrade stabling at Shepparton Station as part of stage one of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade is now complete.
These works included upgrading the signalling and tracks, building safer access for train crew and improving lighting to assist train inspections.
Construction was delivered by V/Line on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria.
These upgrades will allow an additional passenger train to be stabled overnight at the station, making it possible for 10 additional weekday services between Shepparton and Melbourne to be introduced in April 2019.
Site investigations have commenced for stage two of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade, to inform the planning and design for the project.
Who is responsible?
The delivery of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade is being overseen by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
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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