North East Rail Line Upgrade

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 has upgraded the entire rail line from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga. All track works for the project were completed in April 2021, bringing the North East line up to a Victorian Class 2 track performance standard, in line with other long-distance regional rail lines in Victoria.


What improvements have been made and where?

Main works for the North East Rail Line Upgrade are complete. Our project snapshot provides project stats and details about some of the benefits delivered to the communities of North East Victoria.

Explore our interactive project map which details key elements of the works to learn more about the extent of upgrades completed. You can access Frequently Asked Questions, access videos and before and after pictures and leave comments for the project team.

Who completed the work?

ARTC is delivering the North East Rail Line Upgrade on behalf of the Australian and Victorian governments.We have worked 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.Experts from a range of organisations worked with us 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:

  • 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.

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