The line is used by V/Line commuter services. Work will include:
- track doubling
- extending the Morwell crossing loop
- upgrading level crossings and signalling, and
- adding second platforms at three stations along the line and reactivating the second platform at Traralgon.
RPV has awarded the joint venture an early works contract, enabling site investigations, procurement, engineering and design works to commence immediately. Contract negotiations, including valuation, will be finalised in the coming months.
The upgrade, scheduled for completion in late 2022, is expected to improve reliability on the line, and permit a 40-minute off-peak service between Traralgon and Melbourne, a reduction in congestion between Pakenham and Traralgon, additional off-peak services on the line and increased safety.
The project also included a new Avon River bridge, and upgrades to drainage structures at Morwell River.
Work on the bridge has now been completed and will enable trains to travel at up to 90km/h. At present, trains must slow down to 10km/h on this section.
The project is expected to create 400 jobs in the region, and is part of Victoria’s Regional Rail Revival programme, which aims to upgrade every regional passenger rail line in the state.