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Gippsland Line Upgrade

The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.

What will happen?

The half-a-billion dollar Gippsland Line Upgrade includes:

  • building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford
  • second platforms and station amenity works at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
  • track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
  • extension of Morwell crossing loop
  • level crossing upgrades
  • signalling upgrades
  • drainage structure upgrades along the line
  • building a larger train stabling facility at or near Traralgon.

Map showing the site establishment at Bacchus Marsh

Have your say

We are seeking feedback to understand what is important to local residents, the community and passengers in relation to the upgrades that will be delivered between Pakenham and Traralgon.

Have your say via exploring the interactive map and completing an online survey.

Proposed Planning Scheme Amendment

An amendment to the Latrobe, Baw Baw and Cardinia planning schemes is proposed to facilitate the delivery of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

You can view and provide feedback on the draft Planning Scheme Amendment and accompanying material before 5pm Wednesday 19 June 2019.

What are the benefits?

The project has already delivered benefits for passengers on the Gippsland line, with upgrades to level crossings between Sale and Bairnsdale allowing VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time.

The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable much needed extra off-peak services as track duplication, a crossing loop extension and second platforms at stations will provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other.

Improvements to accessibility and amenities at these stations will also be made to give passengers better journeys.

Train detection upgrades at level crossings along the line will improve safety for motorists and train passengers.

Upgrades to drainage structures will mean trains can continue to operate efficiently and improve infrastructure resilience along the Gippsland line.

The new Avon River bridge will allow trains to travel at up to 90 km/h and will no longer need to slow down to 10 km/h in this section.

The project will create more than 400 jobs and Rail Projects Victoria will establish a local project office in the Latrobe Valley. The project will also create opportunities for local social and Aboriginal contractors and suppliers, boosting the local economy.

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 close to appointing a contractor to build the new rail bridge over the Avon River, and construction will start in late 2019, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

We are seeking contractors to design and build the Gippsland Line Upgrade, which will be delivered as one major package of works with the Shepparton and Bendigo line upgrades.

Construction on the corridor works of the Gippsland Line Upgrade is expected to begin in late 2020 and is targeted for completion in late 2022.

Who is responsible?

The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

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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Download the Gippsland Line Upgrade factsheet (PDF, 460.1 KB)