The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent and reliable train services for passengers.
What will happen?
The $114 million Warrnambool Line Upgrade includes:
- building a new crossing loop
- signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool
- level crossing upgrades.
What are the benefits?
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will allow for a fifth weekday return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne, giving passengers more choice on when to travel.
A new crossing loop at Boorcan will make it easier for trains to pass each other, which helps services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability.
Twelve level crossings between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool will be fitted with boom gates, bells, flashing lights and improved train detection technology to make them safer for motorists, pedestrians and train passengers.
The upgraded line will support rail freight and allow export products such as meat and dairy to be moved more quickly and reliably to the Port of Melbourne, benefitting the local economy.
What are the next steps?
Construction is due to get underway in mid-2020 and is targeted for completion in late 2021.
Construction began in January 2020 on level crossing upgrades and this component of the project is being delivered by V/Line on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria.
Have your say
Throughout April and May 2019, RPV sought feedback on the draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC121. This consultation has now closed.
The community provided feedback on the Warrnambool Line Upgrade, including improved signalling, level crossing upgrades and the crossing loop at Boorcan.
We had a great response, including 151 detailed survey responses and 900 interactions at station pop-ups and drop-in information sessions along the Warrnambool Line.
This feedback has been considered and incorporated into the final designs for the project.
Feedback was also provided for the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, which will improve the reliability of Warrnambool services.
Who is responsible?
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Downer has been awarded the contract to design and build key components of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade.
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