Improving reliability and ride quality for passengers on North East rail line services
We know improving rail services is important to the communities of North East Victoria.
The North East line upgrade project will:
- improve passenger service reliability by upgrading track condition and addressing the main causes of delays
- improve ride quality and comfort for travelers by reducing bumps experienced during travel
- reduce the causes of major delays that can impact services such as signal failures due to signal wire theft.
The Australian Government has committed $235 million to this project which will upgrade the entire rail line from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga. The improvements will bring the North East line up to a ‘Victorian Class 2’ track performance standard, in line with other long-distance regional rail lines in Victoria.
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We want to know your thoughts and keep you up to date on the project.
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Upcoming Community Events
We are committed to working closely with the community and other stakeholders as the North East Line Upgrade project progresses.
Upcoming information sessions and community events will be listed below. Please come visit us to find out more about the project, provide your feedback or ask us questions.
All about the work
What improvements are happening and where?
- Install two new sets of crossovers between Seymour and Benalla to improve track access for work crews to minimise disruption of the works program. Crossovers also allow greater operational flexibility helping tomaintain reliability.
- Add, replace and compact new railway ballast (the rocks around the track). This provides a stable base for train operations by improving the track’s foundation and drainage.
- Remove mud-holes where ballast has been contaminated to improve drainage.
- Resurfacing including packing and compacting more ballast in-between the rail and sleepers.
- Upgrade the track machinery (turnouts) that enable trains to be guided from one track to another, such as at a railway junction.
- Relocate overhead signal wires to underground to decrease risk of signal failures due to trees falling on wires or line wire theft.
- Install additional backup power supplies including solar in some locations to minimise signal outages due to power supply.
- Drainage improvements by creating and reforming trackside drainage to ensure water flows away from tracks properly.
- Grind rail tracks so there is a smoother, even interface between the track and wheels of the train.
- Replace older timber top bridges with new concrete and ballast top bridges.
- Improve the track at level crossing to make journeys smoother.
What the video below to see the extent and locations of the planned improvement works.
When is it happening?
Early works are expected to start in early 2019 with major rail works expected to take place from mid-2019 to mid-2021.
Who is doing the work?
ARTC is delivering the project on behalf of the Australian and Victorian governments.
We are working closely with Victorian transport agencies including V/Line, Public Transport Victoria, Transport for Victoria and Rail Projects Victoria to deliver the project in support of the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading regional passenger train lines right across Victoria.
We’re also working closely with experts from a range of organisations to prepare, review and validate the scope of works for the North East Line Upgrade project. To ensure upgrades improve train service reliability for passengers, we have:
- gathered feedback and data from V/Line, Public Transport Victoria, high-tech track recording machines, train drivers, passengers and the community
- reviewed all factors that delay or disrupt V/Line trains and are targeting works to reduce these impacts and make train services more reliable
- initiated an independent review of the works, methodology and delivery plan. The review has been undertaken by Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology and a summary report is available here.
What other work has already been done on the North East line?
We delivered around $3M of work during a planned 60 hour annual maintenance shutdown across 17-20 March 2018 that included:
- Re-surfacing works
- Undercutting to improve drainage and remove contaminated ballast
- Bridge works
We also invested more than $1m in ‘track tamping’ or resurfacing – which helps smooth out the track and reduced V/Line speed restrictions. Tamping took place over more than 95km of track. You can watch a video of the tamping machine in action below to see how it compacts the ballast around the sleepers below.
Suppliers and Contractors
We encourage suitably qualified, locally-based companies in North East Victoria to bid for works and supply/material packages related to this project. For relevant tenders associated with this project, please visit TenderLink: www.tenderlink.com/artc