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BENDIGO LINE UPGRADE SET TO BEGIN

Friday, 16 March 2018

 

A multimillion-dollar investment in better train services for passengers in Victoria’s north can now begin, with the Andrews Labor Government starting to receive funding for the Regional Rail Revival program.

Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced that work on the Bendigo Echuca Line Upgrade can start, to deliver more frequent and reliable train services that will bring major benefits to local passengers.

The upgrade will enable more services between Epsom, Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat and Bendigo, delivering stage two of the Bendigo Metro to give locals a metro-style train service. This will be made possible following signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk as part of the investment.

Echuca trains will be faster and able to run more often following the upgrade, with sleeper and track upgrades to increase the maximum speed between Epsom and Echuca from 80 km/h up to 130 km/h.

Other improvements will include level and pedestrian crossing upgrades, as well as train control and protection system changes to deliver a more reliable service for Bendigo and Echuca line passengers.

The $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program will create more than 1,000 jobs across the state, boost local economies and deliver opportunities for suppliers.

It will also develop industry skills and ensure local content through the Andrews Labor Government’s Local Jobs First –  Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

At least 10 per cent of the program’s total work will be completed by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets as part of the Major Project Skills Guarantee.

In addition to Regional Rail Revival works, the Labor Government has invested in passenger services in the state’s north including 38 new services on the Bendigo line since 2015, as well as car park upgrades at Woodend, Castlemaine, Gisborne and Kyneton.

Detailed design and planning is already underway on Regional Rail Revival, including the Bendigo Echuca Line Upgrade, with early work to commence in the coming months.

More information about the Regional Rail Revival program is available at regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“We’re getting on with delivering exactly what Bendigo locals need – better train services to get them where they need to go.”

 

“I’m proud to have been part of delivering this funding for Bendigo – it will not only improve passenger services, but will also create jobs, local supplier opportunities and boost the region’s economy.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We’re thrilled the Bendigo/Echuca Line Upgrade can now begin and passengers can look forward to seeing this investment come to fruition.”

“The Bendigo/Echuca Line Upgrade will deliver better train services to get passengers to their destination sooner – whether that’s to work, school, medical appointments or to visit family and friends.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp

 

“This is great news for Echuca locals. The local community has been asking for improved passenger services, now we can get on with the job so passengers will be able to enjoy faster more reliable services.”

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