Work to enable VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton will soon be underway with the selection of Coleman Rail and KBR to deliver Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.
The contractor will shortly begin early works which include site investigations, local industry engagement and design work to ensure construction can commence as soon as possible.
VLocity trains will be able to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time, with the new infrastructure allowing improved service reliability while providing passengers with more comfortable journeys.
The VLocity is the newest train in the V/Line fleet with new features that include mobile signal boosters for phone coverage and better accessibility for passengers with prams or mobility aids.
The project will see extended platforms at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations to accommodate the longer VLocity trains, and a new stabling facility in an industrial area north of Shepparton Station including facilities for staff.
Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network, allowing trains to begin service on time each day. Without adequate stabling, trains need to travel long distances without passengers which results in fewer services.
The project will also upgrade 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton to boost safety for road users and train passengers. An extension to the crossing loop near Murchison East will enable trains to pass each other, boosting reliability on the line.
Have your say
Shepparton locals can provide feedback on the new stabling facility by going to Have your say on the Shepparton Line Upgrade Stabling Facility and completing an online survey or by booking a time to speak with the project team - or by calling 1800 105 105 by Thursday 15 October.
Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade will begin construction later this year and is targeted for completion in late 2022.