A big programme of works along the Seymour and Shepparton lines to help deliver safer and more reliable regional passenger rail services in Victoria has been completed.
The AUD 4.8 million (USD 3.74 million) level crossing renewal works involved pulling up the road surface, completing repairs to the tracks underneath and then relaying a new surface at three level crossings, helping to improve safety and ensure the ongoing upkeep of the line.
“As we work to upgrade every rail line for the future, we’re also investing in the maintenance work that improves day to day journeys to get Victorians where they need to go,” Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said.
A crew of more than 200 V/Line staff and contractors carried out the package of works that also included bridge repairs, track maintenance, mud hole removal, culvert works, signal upgrades and repairs to some platforms.
Rail milling along the Seymour line has been completed under the Government’s AUD 2.7 billion (USD 2.1 billion) Building Works programme. Rail milling removes rust and debris from the rail line, assisting a smoother ride, reducing wear and tear on trains and keeping train detection systems working.
Passengers who use Donnybrook and Wallan stations are already experiencing upgrades to their station, thanks to the jointly funded Regional Rail Revival. More than 90 local businesses located within 50 km of Donnybrook and Wallan benefitted from the upgrades. These local businesses included plant and equipment hire companies, local quarries, batch plants, galvanisers and civil contractors.
The upgrades included platform extensions at both stations, more car parks, better access to bus services and allowing passengers to access all train doors which eliminates a key source of delays for Seymour Line services. The Donnybrook and Wallan station upgrades were delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival program, a AUD 4 billion (USD 3.1 billion) investment by the Australian and Victorian governments, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating 3,000 jobs.