The Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent and 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, which is underway, 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 includes:
- signalling upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable nine weekday return services
- expanded stabling for VLocity trains to support more services
- track upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable trains to travel faster.
What are the benefits?
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will give passengers more reliable services, faster journeys and more modern trains and create 600 jobs.
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 Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver signalling upgrades which will enable nine return services on weekdays for Shepparton, Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie.
It will include track speed upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable trains to travel faster, and an extension of the stabling facility being delivered as part of Stage 2.
The track and signalling upgrades will enhance the benefits of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.
What are the next steps?
We have appointed Coleman Rail in partnership with KBR to deliver Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.
Work is underway and is targeted for completion in late 2022.
Project timelines for Stage 3 of the project will be communicated in the coming months as the planning work is finalised.
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.