A contractor has been appointed to deliver the Gippsland Line Upgrade’s major package of works, rail upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon to enable more frequent and reliable train services.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Victorian Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced VicConnect, a consortium comprising UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup would deliver the much-needed upgrades.
“This investment in the Gippsland Line is all about improving train services for people in the region, now and into the future,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This major package of works Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver even more benefits for passengers and local industry and is yet another example of our record $110 billion nationwide infrastructure plan getting people home sooner and safer while driving our economic recovery.”
The improvements 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.
Mr Chester said the works would allow Traralgon trains to travel every 40-minute between the peaks and give passengers a more reliable service.
“These upgrades are absolutely vital to keep the communities of Gippsland connected to each other and to Melbourne,” Mr Chester said.