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.
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
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.
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 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 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 up to 59 level crossing upgrades 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.
A future 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 mid-2020.
Construction is due to commence late this year and is targeted for completion in late 2022.
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.