Work has begun on the Gippsland Line Upgrade, which will deliver more frequent, reliable train services for passengers in Victoria’s east.
Over the coming months, crews will drill over 50 boreholes and 120 test pits near the Avon River rail bridge on Stratford and in various locations along the Gippsland line, to better understand ground conditions and soil quality.
The information gathered will inform the design and construction of the project, which includes:
- level crossing upgrades
- track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
- additional platform at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
- upgrading drainage at Morwell River
- track duplication between Traralgon and Morwell
- track duplication extension at Moe east towards Traralgon
- extending the Morwell crossing loop
- signalling upgrade and relocating stabling facilities at Traralgon
- replacing the Avon River Bridge.
The project will establish a main site office in Gippsland – creating hundreds of jobs and opportunities for local suppliers.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade is part of the $1.7 billion Regional Rail Revival, a joint initiative of the Victorian and Australian governments that will upgrade every regional passenger line in Victoria.