Victoria, Australia: construction have started on the major works package to upgrade the line between Warnambool and the Melbourne suburb of Newport.
New underground cabling is being installed to support signalling upgrades along the line. A 2.2km crossing loop near Boorcan will also be built in the coming weeks. A site compound is currently being set up between Camperdown and Terang stations by contractor Downer.
These two elements – the signalling upgrades and the new crossing loop – will improve reliability and make a fifth weekday passenger return service possible.
The crossing loop will make it easier for trains to pass each other and therefore recover more quickly from any delays.
Prior to the start of these upgrades 12 level crossings on the 257.5km Warrnambool Line were also upgraded. The Warrnambool Line Upgrade is part of a 2 billion AUD investment in regional rail (the Regional Rail Revival). The programme is upgrading all of the state’s passenger rail lines.
The signalling upgrades and crossing loop should be completed in late 2021.
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