Project overview

The Gippsland Line Upgrade includes:

  • building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford, which is now complete
  • second platforms and station amenity improvements at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
  • track duplication at Bunyip and Longwarry
  • extension of the Morwell crossing loop
  • level crossing upgrades
  • signalling upgrades
  • drainage structure upgrades along the line.

Gippsland Line Upgrade map showing the scope described above

Project benefits

The project has already delivered benefits for passengers on the Gippsland Line, with upgrades to level crossings between Sale and Bairnsdale allowing VLocity trains to run to and from Bairnsdale for the first time.

The new Avon River bridge in Stratford, which is already complete, allows trains to travel faster in this section – they no longer need to slow down to 10 km/h.

The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable much needed extra services between the peaks between Traralgon and Melbourne, as track duplication, a crossing loop extension and second platforms at stations will provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other.

Improvements to accessibility and amenities at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations will also be made to give passengers better journeys. Train detection upgrades at level crossings along the line will improve safety for motorists and train passengers.

Upgrades to drainage structures will mean trains can continue to operate efficiently and improve infrastructure resilience along the Gippsland line. The project also includes a Victorian-first trial of solar-powered wireless level crossing detection technology at Farrells Lane in Stratford.

The project will create more than 500 jobs and Rail Projects Victoria will establish a local project office in the Latrobe Valley. The project will also create opportunities for local social and Aboriginal contractors and suppliers, boosting the local economy.

Next steps

Construction of the new rail bridge over the Avon River has been completed 3 months ahead of schedule, with trains now travelling on the new structure.

VicConnect – a consortium comprising UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup – has been awarded the contract to design and build the Gippsland Line Upgrade’s major package of works between Pakenham and Traralgon.

The contractor is carrying out early works on the project, including site investigations, procurement, engineering and design and major construction on the project will ramp up over the coming months.

A project office will be set up in Morwell later this year and industry briefings will be hosted in the coming months for local contractors and suppliers looking for opportunities to participate in the project.

Community feedback

In early 2019, we asked the community to provide feedback on the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

The community provided feedback on the track, signalling and station amenity upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon.

The feedback received is being considered in the planning and design of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

You can read about community feedback in detail (PDF, 629.1 KB).

Project delivery

The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The construction contractor for the project is VicConnect, a consortium comprising UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup.

Find out more about supplier opportunities for the upgrade of the Gippsland Line.

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.