As part of the Regional Rail Revival (RRR) package, $530 million has been allocated to the Gippsland rail line project to upgrade the track and create 400 jobs.
In June 2017, the Victorian Government secured $1.42 billion from the Commonwealth for the $1.6b RRR package – a once-in-a-generation investment in Victoria’s regional passenger rail network.
Transport for Victoria is now working through the funding details of this package with the Commonwealth Government.
Planning and design work for the Gippsland line projects is now underway, and we are looking at how we can maximise local jobs and local business opportunities when the procurement and construction phase gets underway.
Transport for Victoria will work closely with the Latrobe Valley Authority in identifying these opportunities.
The scope of the Gippsland Line upgrade includes:
- Duplication of track and new second platforms at Bunyip and Longwarry
- 20 level crossing upgrades along the line
- Extended track duplication near Moe towards Traralgon
- Upgraded drainage at Morwell River
- Extended crossing loop at Morwell
- A new second platform at Morwell Station
- 9km track duplication between Morwell and Traralgon
- Modernised rail signalling at Traralgon Station
- A new second platform and train stabling relocation from Traralgon Station
- Avon River Bridge Upgrade.
These projects will help the Victorian Government progressively deliver improved service and performance levels for the VLine network committed to in the Regional Network Development Plan launched in 2016.