Funded by the Victorian Government, the Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver more reliable services and will allow modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.
What will happen?
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will be delivered in three stages.
Stage 1, which is now complete, included:
- 10 extra train services a week between Melbourne and Shepparton
- stabling upgrade at Shepparton Station
- 29 extra coaches between Shepparton and Seymour.
Stage 2 includes:
- platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations
- a crossing loop extension near Murchison East to enable trains to pass each other
- up to 59 level crossing upgrades between Donnybrook and Shepparton
- stabling to house VLocity trains
- a business case to finalise the scope and costs for delivering nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne (funding for this business case was provided in the Victorian Budget 2018/19).
Stage 3 will include:
- track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h
- signalling and additional upgrades as identified in the business case to deliver nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
Have your say
Earlier in 2019, we spoke to the local community about upgrades to the Shepparton Line.
We asked people for their feedback on Stage 2 of the project, which includes platform extensions and improvements at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations, a crossing loop extension at Murchison East and level crossing upgrades between Donnybrook and Shepparton.
We had a great response, including more than 280 conversations at community information sessions and station pop-ups, and 84 detailed survey responses.
We received feedback on station upgrades including station security and accessibility, planning and environmental matters, and potential construction impacts.
The responses are being considered in the planning and design of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.
What are the benefits?
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will give passengers more reliable services, as well as more modern trains.
The stabling upgrade as part of stage one has enabled 10 extra weekly services on the Shepparton line from 1 April 2019, which was fast-tracked by nearly 12 months.
This stage also delivered 29 additional coach services per week between Seymour and Shepparton in May 2018, to spread services throughout the day ahead of the new train services for the line.
Stage two includes upgrades to enable VLocity trains to run to and from Shepparton for the first time, providing passengers with more a comfortable and reliable journey.
This includes upgrades to 59 level crossings along the line, platform extensions and stabling to suit VLocity trains.
The crossing loop extension will improve service reliability by giving trains more opportunities to pass each other.
Stage three of the project will deliver track upgrades to allow trains to travel at up to 130 km/h, as well as signalling and additional upgrades to deliver nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
What are the next steps?
Work to upgrade stabling at Shepparton Station as part of stage one of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is now complete.
These works included upgrading the signalling and tracks, building safer access for train crew and improving lighting to assist train inspections.
These upgrades have enabled an additional passenger train to be stabled overnight at the station, making it possible for 10 additional weekday services between Shepparton and Melbourne to be introduced in April 2019.
Site investigations have commenced for stage two of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, to inform the planning and design for the project.
We are seeking contractors to design and build the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will be delivered as one major package of works with the Gippsland and Bendigo line upgrades.
Who is responsible?
The delivery of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is being overseen by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) 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.