Project overview

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will be delivered in 2 stages.

Stage 1, which is now underway, includes:

  • building a new crossing loop
  • signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool
  • level crossing upgrades (complete).

Stage 2 includes:

  • upgrades to train detection technology at more than 50 public level crossings
  • a stabling upgrade at Warrnambool Station.

Stage 1 includes a crossing loop between Terang and Camperdown, signalling upgrades and 12 level crossing upgrades between Warrnambool and Waurn Ponds. Stage 2 includes more than 50 public level crossings and a stabling upgrade at Warrnambool.

Project benefits

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade will allow for a fifth weekday return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne, giving passengers more choice on when to travel.

Signalling upgrades and a new crossing loop at Boorcan will make it easier for trains to pass each other, which helps services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability.

12 level crossings between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool have been fitted with boom gates, bells, flashing lights and improved train detection technology to make them safer for motorists, pedestrians and train passengers.

Stage 2

Stage 2 will allow the introduction of modern VLocity trains on the line, which will help boost safety and reliability and will provide more comfortable passenger journeys.

Train detection technology will be upgraded at more than 50 public level crossings, making them compatible with the VLocity trains being introduced and to improve safety for motorists and train passengers.

Boom gates, bells and flashing lights will be added to 17 of those crossings to boost safety for motorists and train passengers; once complete, there will be no unprotected public crossings on the line.

The stabling facility at Warrnambool Station will also be upgraded to house the longer VLocity trains, allowing them to start and finish their journey at Warrnambool.

The upgraded line will support rail freight and allow export products such as meat and dairy to be moved more reliably to the Port of Melbourne, benefitting the local economy.

Next steps

Construction is continuing on the signalling upgrades being delivered as part of Stage 1, with works between Waurn Ponds and Warncoort targeted for completion in the coming months.

Due to delays in complex signalling design caused by Coronavirus restrictions, including remote working arrangements and delays in the availability of specialist resources, work to commission the upgrades being delivered as part of Stage 1 will take place mid-to-late next year.

The new crossing loop at Boorcan and a fifth weekday return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne will come into operation following the completion of signalling and commissioning works along the line.

Major construction for Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade will commence later this year, with the project targeted for completion in late 2023.

Project delivery

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Downer has been awarded the contract to design and build key components of Stage 1 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade.

The 12 level crossing upgrades completed as part of Stage 1 of the projects were delivered by V/Line on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria.

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