Shepparton Line Upgrade - Train stabling facility
Work on the Shepparton Line Upgrade has already begun, with $356 million invested in the first two stages of the project – an unprecedented investment in this part of Victoria’s regional train network which has already delivered 10 extra services a week between Shepparton and Melbourne.
The Shepparton Line Upgrade will deliver the best outcomes for passengers along the Shepparton Line and maximise efficiencies while minimising disruption to passenger services.
Rail Projects Victoria is seeking feedback on the draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC174 for the Shepparton Line Upgrade train stabling facility to understand what is important to the local community.
The Victorian Government is upgrading the Shepparton Line to deliver more reliable services and allow modern VLocity trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.
Stage 1 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is complete, and delivered an additional 10 weekly services between Shepparton and Melbourne.
Stage 2 will provide the infrastructure required for VLocity trains to run to Shepparton for the first time, improving service reliability and providing passengers with more comfortable journeys.
A new stabling facility is required to house these trains, which are longer than the current classic fleet.
The VLocity is the newest and fastest train in the V/Line fleet, and has improved features including mobile signal boosters for better phone coverage and better accessibility for people with prams or mobility aids.
Without adequate stabling facilities, trains need to travel long distances without passengers, reducing the number of services that can run on the line.
Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network, allowing trains to begin service on time each day.
Construction on Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade is scheduled to begin in late 2020 and is targeted for completion in late 2022, subject to planning and environmental approvals.
Stage 3 will include further upgrades to deliver nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne.
Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is responsible for the planning and delivery of the project on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Rail Projects Victoria conducted a detailed analysis of suitable locations for a stabling facility.
This process identified the proposed site in an industrial area approximately three kilometres north of Shepparton Station, which is bordered by industrial, farming and urban growth zones identified in the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.
The proposed site on Grahamvale Road in Shepparton aligns with the objectives of Greater Shepparton City Council’s master plan for the railway precinct and is supported by key stakeholders.
The location of the proposed stabling facility enables the stabling tracks to be located within the rail corridor. The driver facilities are proposed to be located on privately owned land adjacent to the rail line.
The site has operational and technical advantages over other shortlisted sites and because the site is in an industrial area, it will minimise community disruption and environmental impacts including noise and visual impacts.
Its proximity to Shepparton Station also means no further track upgrades are required.
Rail Projects Victoria will ensure the project is delivered in line with planning approval requirements to minimise any impacts of the facility on the surrounding area as much as possible.
An amendment to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme is required to enable the new stabling facility to be built, which will consider the impacts of construction and ongoing operations.
Amendment GC174 to the Greater Shepparton planning scheme was approved by the Minister for Planning on Sunday 20 December 2020.