The $235 million North East Line Upgrade will enable improved train services for passengers and allow VLocity trains to run to Albury/Wodonga for the first time.
What will happen?
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering the project, which includes:
- track resurfacing
- new ballast
- new underground wires
- drainage improvements
- bridge upgrades
- mud-hole removal
- backup and solar power supplies
- smoother track surface
The project will upgrade the line from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga to a Victorian Class 2 performance standard, bringing it into line with other parts of Victoria’s regional rail network.
In addition, the Victorian Government will deliver new modern VLocity trains for the standard gauge line.
What are the benefits?
The upgrade will enable VLocity trains to run to Albury/Wodonga for the first time, delivering a more reliable and comfortable service for passengers.
It will improve ride comfort for passenger train services by reducing bumps experienced during travel.
The upgrade will make services more reliable by upgrading track and addressing the main causes of delays.
The project will upgrade the north-east line to a Victorian Class 2 performance standard, bringing it into line with other parts of Victoria’s regional rail network.
What will the new VLocity trains look like?
The design of new VLocity trains for the north-east line has now been finalised.
The long-haul design, which has incorporated feedback from local passenger representatives, will provide a range of improvements including comfortable seats, and extra luggage and bike storage.
The Department of Transport (DoT) will deliver the new trains on behalf of the Victorian Government, and Bombardier will manufacture the trains at their facility in Dandenong.
To view a virtual tour and find out more about the new trains visit the DoT website.
The delivery of the new VLocity trains will be timed to align with the completion of the North East Line Upgrade.
What are the next steps?
An early works program commenced along the line in 2019, with mud- hole removal, resurfacing to more than 110 level crossings and 120 bridge upgrades underway.
John Holland has been appointed to deliver major works on the North East Line Upgrade, which commenced earlier this year.
The project is targeted for completion in mid-2021.
Who is responsible?
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is responsible for delivering the project.
The scope, methodology and delivery plan has been independently reviewed by the Institute of Railway Technology at Monash University.
Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is overseeing the project on behalf of the Victorian Government to ensure maximum benefits are delivered to north east line passengers.
For more information
Visit ARTC’s North East Line Upgrade website.