Shepparton Line Benefits From More Trains And Better Services

Shepparton Line Benefits From More Trains And Better Services

Victoria Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

More Trains And Better Services On The Shepparton Line

Victor P Taffa

Shepparton will soon benefit from the introduction of new train services thanks to works completed on the Shepparton Line Upgrade delivered by the Andrews Government.

From Monday 1 April, passengers will get 10 extra weekly services that have been made possible by stabling upgrades at Shepparton Railway Station.

“Local passengers have been calling out for more train services and we’re delivering exactly that, giving people more choice when they travel.” Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said.

“With the next stage of works now progressing, passengers have even more to look forward to, with more modern trains and more reliable journeys on the way.”

Early works have also kicked off this week at Donnybrook and Wallan Railway Stations to finalise the design of the State Government’s $24 Million upgrade of both stations.

Extension of an early morning Seymour train has made it possible for passengers to commute to work in Shepparton before 9 am weekdays.

Two extra weekday trains have also been added:

  • Mid-morning train from Shepparton to Melbourne,
  • Afternoon peak service between Melbourne and Seymour.

“This is fantastic news for Shepparton locals and even better news for commuters looking for those extra services on the Shepparton line that will get more people where they need to go even quicker.” Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.

Stabling upgrade allows two trains to be stored at Shepparton Railway Station overnight, enabling the boost in services on the line.

Work is now underway on Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade, which will allow VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.

During the next 4 weeks, crews will excavate 22 test pits and drill 6 boreholes between Nagambie and Shepparton to better understand ground conditions and soil quality in the project area.

This will inform the design of the Stage 2 works, which includes platform extensions, level crossing upgrades, signalling and track upgrades and a new stabling facility north of Shepparton to house VLocity trains.

These upgrades will deliver up to a 20-minute travel time reduction between Melbourne and Shepparton.

Shepparton Line Upgrade is fully funded by the Andrews Government and is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival, which will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria and create more than 1,000 jobs.

New timetable will be available and at staffed V/Line stations and from 1 March.