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Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade

Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver three new stations, faster and more frequent services to Echuca, and more services for Epsom and Eaglehawk.

What will happen?

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade includes:

  • new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood
  • a modernised electronic train order (ETO) system
  • ten level crossing improvements between Bendigo and Eaglehawk
  • track upgrades between Epsom and Echuca
  • a business case for track upgrades between Bendigo and Kyneton to deliver trains every 40 minutes in the off-peak
  • a planning study for the reopening of Harcourt Station.
Bendigo Line Upgrade map

What are the benefits?

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver Bendigo Metro 3, with new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood to give people in these growing communities access to public transport close to where they live.

The Victorian and Australian governments’ additional investment in the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver a modernised electronic train order system – the first of its kind in Victoria – to enable more frequent services between Epsom, Eaglehawk and Bendigo as part of Bendigo Metro Stage 2.

This investment enables the delivery two new weekday return services to Echuca – one more than originally committed -  tripling the number of services on the line, to provide locals and visitors with more frequent and reliable train services.

Ten level crossings between Eaglehawk and Bendigo will also be upgraded with better train detection technology, boosting safety and allowing more services to run in this section.

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will allow trains to and from Echuca to run faster in addition to delivering extra services.

We are combining the delivery of Bendigo Metro 2 and 3 to maximise benefits and efficiencies during construction, to deliver more frequent and convenient services to greatly improve connectivity across the region.

Bendigo Metro 3 also includes a planning study for the reopening of Harcourt Station, and a business case to determine what is required to deliver a 40-minute train frequency between Bendigo and Kyneton.

What are the next steps?

Early planning and design work is progressing for the three new stations included in Bendigo Metro 3. The new Huntly Station has been fast-tracked by nearly a year and is targeted for completion in mid-2022.

The new stations at Goornong and Raywood are on track for completion in late 2021 and late 2022. We are seeking a contractor to deliver the new train order system as part of the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade, which will enable more services from Bendigo to Eaglehawk and Epsom.

Work is also underway on the track upgrade between Epsom and Echuca. We are conducting track condition assessments, inspections and site surveys and commencing ecological field surveys of local flora and fauna. This information will be used to inform the design and construction on the project.

Have your say

Rail Projects Victoria would like to hear your feedback to better understand what is important to the community and passengers in relation to the new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood.

Online survey

An online survey will be open until Sunday 6 September for the community to provide feedback on the project, including concept designs for the new stations.

Phone-in information sessions

Have your say by speaking to a member of our project team, who will be available to answer your questions:

  • from 9am-1pm Tuesday 4 August
  • from 4pm-7pm Thursday 13 August
  • from 4pm-7pm Thursday 20 August.

View station concept designs, complete the online survey or book a time to speak with the project team at bigbuild.engage.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 105 105 by Sunday 6 September.

Who is responsible?

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is responsible for the planning and delivery of the project.

Stay informed

We will keep passengers and the community updated as the project progresses via information sessions, letterbox drops, e-newsletters, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.

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