The Gippsland Line upgrade works between Pakenham and Taralgon are a step closer to getting underway with a contractor being appointed.
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.
Crews will duplicated the track, extend the Morwell crossing loop, upgrade level crossings and signalling, add second platforms at three stations and reactivate the second platform at Taralgon.
Recently the second platform at Morwell Station has been redesigned to improve connectivity with the nearby bus exchange.
Now trains will travel from Taralgon every 40 minutes between peak hours.
Early works in signalling and track inspections are already underway. Site investigations and surveying will continue along the line to support major construction ramping up over the next couple of months.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said prioritising local workers and companies is a big focus for the newly appointed contractor.
“With more than 25 local contractors and suppliers taking part in construction of the new Avon River Bridge, we’re putting local workers at the heart of this project,” Allan said.
“This larger package of works will deliver even more benefits for the local economy – and will mean the Gippsland Line Upgrade has created more than 500 vital local jobs for Eastern Victoria.”
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.