The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver 3 new stations, faster and more frequent services to Echuca, and more services for Epsom and Eaglehawk.

Project overview

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade includes:

  • new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood
  • a modernised electronic train order (ETO) system
  • improvements to train detection technology at 10 level crossings between Bendigo and Eaglehawk
  • track upgrades between Epsom and Echuca
  • a business case for track upgrades between Bendigo and Kyneton to deliver trains every 40 minutes in the off-peak
  • a planning study for the reopening of a station in Harcourt.

Map showing the project scope described in the Project overview section of this webpage

Project benefits

The Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver Bendigo Metro 3, with new stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood to give people in these growing communities access to train services close to where they live.

The Victorian and Australian governments’ additional investment in the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver a modernised electronic train order system – the first of its kind in Victoria – to enable more frequent services between Epsom, Eaglehawk and Bendigo as part of Bendigo Metro Stage 2.

This investment enables the delivery two new weekday return services to Echuca – one more than originally committed - tripling the number of services on the line, to provide locals and visitors with more frequent and reliable train services.

Ten level crossings between Eaglehawk and Bendigo will also be upgraded with better train detection technology, boosting safety and allowing more services to run in this section.

Track upgrades will allow trains to travel at up to 130km/h between Epsom and the new Goornong Station, up from the 80km/h they travel currently, enabling people to get where they need to go sooner.

We are combining the delivery of Bendigo Metro 2 and 3 to maximise benefits and efficiencies during construction, to deliver more frequent and convenient services to greatly improve connectivity across the region.

Bendigo Metro 3 also includes a planning study for the reopening of Harcourt Station, and a business case to determine what is required to deliver a 40-minute train frequency between Bendigo and Kyneton.

Next steps

A massive construction blitz will see trains travelling at higher speeds on the Echuca Line before the year’s end.

Coaches will replace Echuca Line trains between Bendigo and Echuca from Wednesday 1 September to Tuesday 30 November to enable track upgrades to take place between Epsom and Goornong.

Trains will still run between Bendigo and Epsom for local passengers.

Construction of the new Victorian Government-funded stations at Goornong and Huntly will also commence while trains aren’t running, with Goornong Station targeted for completion by the end of the year.

The delivery of Huntly Station will follow in mid-2022, fast-tracked by nearly a year, with a new Raywood Station to be completed by late next year.

Development of the new electronic train order (ETO) system being delivered by V/Line is also progressing, which will allow additional weekday return services to both Eaglehawk and Epsom, and triple the number of weekday services to and from Echuca after completion in late 2022.

Project delivery

Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for the planning and delivery of the project.

Stay informed

We will 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.