The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.
Avon River Bridge: Let’s co-design Apex Park
We’re delivering improvements to Apex Park in Stratford as part of our project to build a new bridge over the Avon River in Stratford.
We’ve asked the community to help us co-design these improvements, including a new BMX/pump track and new nature-based playground.
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.
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.
We had a great response, including 63 conversations at drop-in information sessions, 416 survey responses, and 370 interactions at station pop-ups along the Gippsland Line.
The feedback received is being considered in the planning and design of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.
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.
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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.
CPB Contractors has been appointed to design and build the new Avon River bridge.
Construction on the new rail bridge is underway and is targeted for completion by early 2021.
We are seeking contractors to design and build the rest of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, which will be delivered in a package of works with the signalling works as part of the Bendigo and Echuca 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.
Who is responsible?
The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.