More trains for Gippsland
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver more train services for people in the region, now and into the future.
Contractor VicConnect has today been appointed to deliver the rail upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon to enable more frequent and reliable train services.
Works include duplicating track, extending the Morwell crossing loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling, adding second platforms at three stations along the line and reactivating the second platform at Traralgon.
The second platform at Morwell Station has been redesigned after consultation with Latrobe City Council and the local community to improve connectivity with the bus interchange.
These works will allow Traralgon trains to travel every 40 minutes between the peaks and give passengers a more reliable service.
Early works for the project are already underway with the contractor carrying out signalling and track inspections in February.
Site investigations and surveying will continue in the coming weeks at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon to support major construction ramping up in the coming months.
The project also includes upgrades to drainage structures at Morwell River and a Victorian-first trial of solar-powered wireless level crossing detection technology at Farrells Lane in Stratford.
The Victorian Government is also delivering a new station at Pakenham East, including dedicated V/Line tracks, to avoid congestion and improve reliability. V/Line passengers will be able to connect at Pakenham for a train directly through to Melbourne Airport from 2029, as planning work continues on the Australian and Victorian governments’ Melbourne Airport Rail project.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating 3,000 jobs.