The Victorian Government is set to deliver a new modern signalling system to control trains between the outer Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn and Seymour in the Goulbourn Valley.
The $9.4 million project will support the local economy with a number of contractors involved in its delivery. UGL, Siemens and Integrated Rail Engineering Services are designing the signalling system which includes connections into the metropolitan system and existing V/Line signalling.
All Systems Contractors will complete the construction while signalling installation works will be undertaken by V/Line signalling engineers.
Train signalling systems are required on all rail tracks to inform drivers when it is safe to proceed into the next section of track.
The new signalling will control trains between the end of the metropolitan system, north of Craigieburn and Dysart, where the existing automated signalling system for Seymour Station commences.
Works will include installation of new axle counters, track circuits, LED signals and a train control system to detect the location of trains and advise drivers accordingly, producing an automated system which provides fail-safe train detection.
The manual double line block signalling will be replaced with the automated system, removing the aerial power and telegraph wires.
Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the new system would allow trains to run closer together, improving the reliability of services for Seymour and Shepparton passengers.
“The new signalling system between Seymour and Craigieburn will introduce an automated and safer system and is another step towards modernising the regional rail network,” he said.
During the works, V/Line will also complete more than $7 million in track improvements while coaches replace Seymour and Shepparton line trains between Friday 22 April and Sunday 8 May.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the signalling upgrade would provide improved travel through the region.
“It’s vital that we complete regular maintenance on the network and the track works over the next few weeks will help us continue to run safe, comfortable and reliable services for passengers,” Symes said.