Gippsland rail line project
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs in the region.
Passengers are already benefiting from the Gippsland Line Upgrade, with trains now travelling at higher speeds over the new Avon River rail bridge, boosting reliability on the line. Trains will be able to travel at up to 90 km/h on the new structure, a significant improvement on the 10 km/h speed limit on the old bridge. Level crossing upgrades completed in 2018 enabled more comfortable and modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Bairnsdale for the first time.
The project's major package of works between Pakenham and Traralgon will enable a 40-minute train service frequency in the off-peak between Traralgon and Melbourne.
Track duplication, a crossing loop extension and additional platforms will provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other in key sections of the line, boosting reliability and allowing more services to be introduced.
The additional platforms at stations will be built with accessibility and amenity improvements, for better passenger journeys.
Creating local jobs and boosting the regional economy is a big focus of the Gippsland Line Upgrade. The project will continue to provide opportunities for local and Aboriginal suppliers as well as apprentices, trainees and cadets to create jobs, develop industry skills and deliver economic benefits to the region.
Rail Projects Victoria will establish a local project office in the Latrobe Valley, creating jobs and helping to stimulate the local economy.
The scope of the Gippsland Line upgrade includes:
- additional platforms and improvements at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
- track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
- extension of the Morwell crossing loop
- level crossing upgrades
- signalling upgrades
- drainage structure upgrades
- a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford, which is now complete.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered as part of Regional Rail Revival. The Australian and Victorian governments have invested more than $4 billion in the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating 3,000 jobs and supplier opportunities.