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
- a 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
- 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.
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
An amendment to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme is required to enable the new stabling facility to be built, which will consider the impacts of construction and ongoing operations.
Rail Projects Victoria would like to hear your feedback on the draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC174 for the Shepparton Line Upgrade train stabling facility to better understand what is important to the community and passengers.
An online survey will be open until Thursday 15 October for the community to provide feedback on the draft planning scheme amendment.
Phone-in information sessions
Have your say by speaking to a member of our project team, who will be available to answer your questions:
- from 4pm-9pm Tuesday 22 September
- from 9am-1pm Wednesday 30 September
- from 9am-1pm Thursday 8 October
View the draft planning scheme amendment, complete the online survey or book a time to speak with the project team at bigbuild.engagevic.gov.au or by calling 1800 105 105 by Thursday 15 October.
What are the benefits?
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will give passengers more reliable services, as well as more modern trains.
The stabling upgrade at Shepparton Station as part of Stage 1 enabled 10 extra weekly services on the Shepparton line, 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 improve transport connections in the region.
Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade will provide the infrastructure required for VLocity trains to run to Shepparton for the first time, improving service reliability and providing passengers with more comfortable journeys.
This includes a new stabling facility to house the trains as well as level crossing upgrades between Donnybrook and Shepparton to ensure they're compatible with VLocity trains and to boost safety for road users and train passengers.
The crossing loop extension will improve service reliability by giving trains more opportunities to pass each other.
Stage 3 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?
We are in the process of appointing a contractor to deliver Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, with contract award expected in the coming months.
Construction on Stage 2 of the project is due to commence late this year and is targeted for completion in late 2022.
Who is responsible?
Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for the planning and delivery of the project 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.