We are upgrading the Shepparton Line to deliver more reliable services and allow modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.

The VLocity is the newest and fastest train in the V/Line fleet, and has improved features including mobile signal boosters for better phone coverage and better accessibility for people with prams or mobility aids.

A new stabling facility is required to house these trains, which are longer than the current classic fleet.

Without adequate stabling facilities, trains need to travel long distances without passengers, reducing the number of services that can run on the line.

Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network, allowing trains to begin service on time each day.

Shepparton stabling facility

The Shepparton stabling facility will include:

  • stabling roads for VLocity trains
  • fuelling facilities
  • staff car parking
  • staff amenities building
  • CCTV and lighting
  • signalling and communication systems.

Stabling facility location

Rail Projects Victoria conducted a detailed analysis of suitable locations for a stabling facility.

This process identified the proposed site in an industrial area approximately three kilometres north of Shepparton Station, which is bordered by industrial, farming and urban growth zones as identified in the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.

The proposed site on Grahamvale Road in Shepparton aligns with the objectives of Greater Shepparton City Council’s master plan for the railway precinct and is supported by key stakeholders.

The location of the proposed stabling facility enables the stabling tracks to be located within the rail corridor. The driver facilities are proposed to be located on privately owned land adjacent to the rail line.

The site has operational and technical advantages over other shortlisted sites and because the site is in an industrial area, it will minimise community disruption and environmental impacts including noise and visual impacts.

Its proximity to Shepparton Station also means no further track upgrades are required. Rail Projects Victoria will ensure the project is delivered in line with planning approval requirements to minimise any impacts of the facility on the surrounding area as much as possible.

Next steps

We have appointed Coleman Rail in partnership with KBR to deliver Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.

Work is underway and is targeted for completion in late 2022.

What we heard

During 2020, we asked the community for feedback on the train stabling facility being delivered as part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will enable VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.

We had a great response and overall the community was supportive of the location of the new stabling facility as it was within an industrial area

Thank you to everyone who provided input and we will continue to consult the community on the project.

You can read more about the community's feedback here (PDF, 321.9 KB).

Find out more about the Shepparton Line Upgrade.

Project delivery

Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for the planning and delivery of the project on behalf of the Victorian Government.