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Upgrading the Warrnambool Line

Upgrading the Warrnambool Line

Coaches replace trains between Warrnambool and Geelong from Saturday 5 June to Sunday 13 June. Buses replace trains between Waurn Ponds and Marshall stations, except for some peak services which will be replaced by buses between Waurn Ponds and Geelong. To plan your journey visit the V/Line website or call 1800 800 007.

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent and reliable train services for passengers.

What will happen?

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will be delivered in two stages.

Stage 1, which is now underway, includes:

  • building a new crossing loop
  • signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool
  • level crossing upgrades (complete).

Stage 2 includes:

  • upgrades to train detection technology at more than 50 public level crossings
  • a stabling upgrade at Warrnambool Station.

Map of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade scope.

What are the benefits?

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade will allow for a fifth weekday return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne, giving passengers more choice on when to travel.

Signalling upgrades and 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 have been fitted with boom gates, bells, flashing lights and improved train detection technology to make them safer for motorists, pedestrians and train passengers.

Stage 2

Stage 2 will allow the introduction of modern VLocity trains on the line, which will help boost safety and reliability and will provide more comfortable passenger journeys.

Train detection technology will be upgraded at more than 50 public level crossings, making them compatible with the VLocity trains being introduced and to improve safety for motorists and train passengers.

Upgrades to the stabling at Warrnambool Station will allow VLocity services to start and finish at Warrnambool.

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 now underway on the signalling upgrades and the Boorcan crossing loop and is targeted for completion in late 2021.

Construction on the 12 level crossing upgrades is now complete. This component of the project was delivered by V/Line on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria.

Planning and design work for Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade is now underway, with project timelines to be revealed in coming months.

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.

Find out more about supplier opportunities for the Warrnambool Line Upgrade.

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We'll 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.

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