Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade
The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will enable faster services to Echuca and more frequent services between Epsom, Eaglehawk and Bendigo.
What will happen?
The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade includes:
- track upgrades to increase the maximum train speed between Epsom and Echuca from 80km/h to 130km/h
- signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk
- level crossing modifications between Epsom and Echuca
What are the benefits?
The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will allow trains to and from Echuca to run faster and deliver an extra return service for passengers on the line.
The project will upgrade signalling between Epsom, Eaglehawk and Bendigo to deliver Bendigo Metro Stage 2, giving passengers a metro-style train service.
What are the next steps?
Planning and design work is underway, with Rail Projects Victoria completing more than 12 months of investigations and rail assessments to inform the delivery and construction of the project.
We are seeking contractors to design and build the signalling component of the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade, which will be delivered as one major package of works with the Gippsland and Shepparton line upgrades.
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.
Construction on the Echuca component is targeted for completion in 2020, while the signalling upgrades are targeted for completion in 2022.
Who is responsible?
The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria, 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.