The joint venture between Coleman Rail and KBR has been named as the preferred contractor to deliver the second stage of the Shepparton Line Upgrade in Victoria, which will deliver the needed infrastructure to enable VLocity trains to run to Shepparton.
This project will allow VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time, providing improved reliability and making commute by train more comfortable for passengers.
VLocity trains are the newest additions to the V/Line fleet. These trains will feature mobile signal boosters for better phone coverage as well as improved accessibility for commuters with mobility aids or prams.
“The Shepparton Line is a vitally important part of our regional train network, which is why the Victorian Government has invested $356 million to the first two stages of this major upgrade.
“It will give Shepparton passengers the modern and reliable trains they’ve been calling for and provide more services more often,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade will include:
Platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations
A crossing loop extension near Murchison East to enable trains to pass each other
59 level crossing upgrades between Donnybrook and Shepparton
Stabling to house VLocity trains
A business case to finalise the scope and cost for delivering nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne
The Coleman Rail – KBR joint venture will begin early works on site – including site investigations, industry engagement and design work.
In addition, community consultation is underway and Shepparton locals are encouraged to have their say on the new stabling facility that will be delivered as part of theShepparton Line Upgrade. For those interested to provide feedback, you can do so by completing an online survey or by booking an appointment to speak with the project team through this page.
Major construction is anticipated to commence later this year and is due to be completed by late 2022.
“This upgrade is giving Shepparton residents access to modern transport infrastructure and making it easier than ever to enjoy the comfort of travelling by train.
“Drivers will also see the benefits of the level crossing upgrades, which will make crossing the line much safer for motorists,” Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.
The Shepparton Line Upgrade is being delivered in three stages, with the first stage already complete. Stage 3 of the project will include track upgrades to allow trains to travel up to 130km/h, signalling and additional upgrades to allow for nine return services daily between Shepparton and Melbourne.
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