Stage 3 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will soon be underway, includes:

  • signalling upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable nine weekday return services
  • expanded stabling for VLocity trains to support more services
  • track upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable trains to travel faster
  • further extension of the Murchison East crossing loop to boost capacity on the line.

Project overview

The Australian and Victorian governments have funded $400 million for Stage 3 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will allow trains to travel up to 130km/h and enable nine return services to and from Melbourne every weekday.

This investment brings the Victorian Government contribution to the Shepparton Line Upgrade to an unprecedented $436 million, and the total investment in the line to more than $750 million, creating 600 jobs across the project.

Stage 3 of the project will be accelerated by expanding on the upgrades already underway as part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.

The new stabling facility being built north of Shepparton to house modern and reliable VLocity trains will be expanded, to accommodate even more trains and enable more services.

The Murchison East crossing loop will also be extended by an additional 1.1km, to enable a 1200m freight train and two six-car VLocity trains to pass each other, making services more reliable.

Stage 3 of the project includes track speed and signalling upgrades between Seymour and Shepparton to enable faster and more frequent services.

Next steps

The contractor delivering Stage 2 of the project - Coleman Rail and KBR, as part of an alliance with Rail Projects Victoria and V/Line – will deliver the expanded loop and stabling facility.

Site investigations will also take place during the upcoming construction blitz, to inform design of the track and signalling upgrades needed to deliver nine return services on the line.

A delivery contractor for the track and signalling upgrades will be confirmed in the coming months, subject to procurement, planning and environmental approvals.

Stage 3 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is targeted for completion in late 2023.