Warrnambool Line Upgrade
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent and reliable train services and pave the way for VLocity trains to run to Warrnambool for the first time.
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will lead to more services and better reliability, helping pave the way for VLocity trains to run to Warrnambool for the first time.
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
- new train stabling facilities at Warrnambool.
What are the benefits?
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will allow for a fifth daily return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne and help pave the way for VLocity trains on the line.
A new crossing loop on the line will make it easier for trains to pass each other, which helps services recover from unexpected delays more quickly.
Upgrades to level crossings along the line will make crossings safer for motorists and trains.
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?
Site investigations, including surveying and locating underground services are already underway.
Work has started on upgrades to 12 level crossings along the line and this component of the project is being delivered by V/Line on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria.
We're now seeking Expressions of Interest from contractors to deliver the bulk of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade, with a contract award expected later in the year.
Construction is due to get underway on the project by the end of 2019, with a target completion date of late 2020.
Have your say
The draft Planning Scheme Amendment is available for public comment and feedback.
You can provide your feedback by completing an online survey. Depending on how much feedback you would like to offer, this survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
A summary of any feedback received will be provided to the Minister for Planning.
Following this period of consultation, RPV intends to request that the Minister for Planning consider preparing, approving and adopting a planning scheme amendment to facilitate the project under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Planning scheme amendments approved under section 20(4) are exempt from the notice and exhibition requirements of sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Act, meaning there would be no further opportunity to make a submission or be heard by an independent panel in relation to the amendment.
Who is responsible?
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
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.