Shepparton Line Upgrade
Funded by the Victorian Government, the Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent services and will allow modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.
What will happen?
The $356 million Shepparton Line Upgrade will be delivered in three stages.
Stage one, which is now complete, included:
- stabling upgrade at Shepparton Station
- 29 extra coach services between Shepparton and Seymour to connect with train services.
Stage two includes:
- platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations
- crossing loop extension near Murchison East
- upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton
- new stabling to house VLocity trains.
Stage three includes:
- signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h
- funding for a business case to finalise the scope and costs for delivering nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
An additional $10 million funding has been provided for a separate planning project for the Shepparton freight network.
Further down the line, Donnybrook and Wallan stations will also be upgraded to improve access and amenities for passengers in these growing communities.
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.
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.
This includes upgrades to 59 level crossings along the line, platform extensions and stabling to suit VLocity trains.
The crossing loop will improve service reliability by giving trains more opportunities to pass each other.
Stage three of the project will deliver track and signalling upgrades to allow trains to travel at up to 130 km/h.
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 will allow 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 notify the community of any disruption via information sessions, letterbox drops, emails, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.