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.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver more trains, more often, to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.
What will happen?
The $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade includes:
- building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford
- station upgrades with second platforms at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
- track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
- 1.5-kilometre extension of the Morwell crossing loop
- level crossing detection upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon
- signalling upgrades
- building a larger train stabling facility at or near Traralgon
- drainage structure upgrades along the line.
What are the benefits?
The project has already delivered benefits for passengers, 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.
Train detection upgrades at level crossings along the line will improve safety for motorists and trains.
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.
Rail Projects Victoria will establish a local project office in the Latrobe Valley and the project will create more than 400 jobs and opportunities for local 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.
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.