The Victorian Government has released the final designs for Gippsland stations to improve passenger comfort and access to train services in the growing communities of Gippsland region extending from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to the New South Wales border.
The designs for major train station upgrades include Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations and include a new accessible pedestrian overpass at Traralgon Station, as well as an upgraded, more accessible underpass at Morwell Station.
Bunyip and Longwarry station designs feature additional platforms, improved car parking and better integration with their respective town centres.
Further works include track duplication at Bunyip and Longwarry, a crossing loop extension at Morwell and second platforms at four stations to provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other.
Drainage improvements between the new and existing tracks at Bunyip and Longwarry stations will also get underway, along with trenching works to make way for level crossing upgrades that will be delivered as part of the project.
These works are part of the AUD 253 million (USD 175 million) Princes Highway East Stage 3 upgrade project and will see a new rail bridge span over the highway, providing a significant improvement to safety and reliability for freight, tourists and commuters while minimising impacts on the rail network.
The Princes Highway East upgrade will add 43 km of new lanes to the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale. This is the third and final stage of the project, which will add an extra 12 km of consistent two-lane highway.
The upgrade of Gippsland stations is part of the Gippsland Line upgrade project which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The upgrade is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival programme, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.