Shepparton passengers are another step closer to better services, with the completion of level crossing upgrades delivering immediate benefits for the region.
The first six level crossings upgraded as part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade were completed, tested and commissioned during a 17-day construction blitz on the line.
The crossings in Mangalore and Tabilk all now have better train detection technology, with every crossing now featuring boom gates, bells and flashing lights.
The level crossing upgrades – part of Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade – have improved safety for train passengers and road users, and ensured they are compatible with VLocity trains.
Almost 500 staff worked more than 20,000 hours at different locations along the line during the construction blitz, progressing station upgrades at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations to accommodate the longer VLocity trains, including platform extensions, asphalting and fencing works.
Track and signalling works continued at the new stabling facility north of Shepparton Station, along with construction, fit-out and service installation for the driver amenity building.
Track alignment works were also carried out on the Murchison East crossing loop.
Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is delivering the infrastructure required to enable modern, accessible VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time – including upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton.
The work is targeted for completion in late 2022.