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Upgrading the Gippsland Line

Upgrading the Gippsland Line

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

Coaches are currently replacing trains on sections of the Gippsland Line until Sunday 6 December. Passengers can find out if they’re affected at V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.

What will happen?

The 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 works map of Gippsland Line Upgrade including works from Pakenham to Bairnsdale.

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.

Focusing on local jobs in Gippsland [transcript]

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.

Construction on the new rail bridge over the Avon River is on track to be completed ahead of schedule, with trains able to travel on the new structure from December following a construction blitz to get it ready for operation.

We are in the process of appointing a contractor to design and build the rest of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

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, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

Have your say

In early 2019, we asked the community to provide feedback on the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

The community provided feedback on the track, signalling and station amenity upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon.

The feedback received is being considered in the planning and design of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

You can read about community feedback in detail PDF, 629.1 KB.

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.