Level crossings upgraded in Shepparton line rail blitz

Upgrading: Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the Shepparton line upgrades would help commuters in the region. Photo by contributed

A 17-day constructions blitz at six level crossings along the Shepparton rail line was finished on the weekend.

The works were co-ordinated with annual V/Line maintenance to reduce disruption and deliver the upgrades quickly and safely.

The crossings in Mangalore and Tabilk now have better train detection technology, with every crossing now featuring boom gates, bells and flashing lights, while station upgrades also progressed at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie.

The level crossing upgrades – part of stage two of the Shepparton line upgrade – have improved safety for train passengers and road users, and ensured they are compatible with VLocity trains.

Almost 500 staff worked more than 20,000 hours at different locations along the line during the construction blitz.

Track and signalling works continued at the new stabling facility north of Shepparton station, along with construction, fit-out and service installation for the driver amenity building.

Track alignment works were also carried out on the Murchison East crossing loop.

The Victorian and Federal governments have invested $400 million in stage three of the Shepparton line upgrade through the more than $4 billion Regional Rail Revival program, which will deliver faster journeys and enable nine daily return services on the line and is targeted for completion in late 2023.

Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the government was completing its promise to upgrade the Shepparton rail line.

“These vital upgrades will boost safety for passengers and make it easier for them to travel across our regional network,” she said.