Australia’s Victorian Government is set to commence maintenance works on three regional lines to improve services.
A workforce of more than 150 people will be deployed for track and signalling maintenance works along the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines.
The work programme is scheduled to begin this week.
Victoria Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said: “These rail lines are a vital link for many Northern Victorians – we’re getting on with these upgrades to make sure passengers continue to have safe, comfortable and efficient journeys around our state well into the future.”
On the Swan Hill line, safety upgrade works will be carried out at four level crossings near Kerang. The renovations will include modernising train detection technology and the addition of boom barriers to the existing bells and flashing lights.
At the Bendigo line, the crew will carry out ballast and drainage improvements, culvert maintenance works in Clarkefield and upgrades at Ravenswood Street level crossing.
More than 8,000 sleepers will be replaced on the Echuca line. The workers will also make changes to the signalling system at the Murray Valley Highway level crossing.
Furthermore, the Victorian Goldfields Railway, which carries heritage trains between Castlemaine and Maldon, will complete track maintenance works.
Victoria Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said: “We’ve done months of planning to make sure we get as much done as possible while minimising the disruption for passengers.”
“The safety of the community is our number one priority, which is why we’re working to upgrade level crossings and road intersections across the state.”
In September, the Victorian Government exercised an option to procure 18 additional Bombardier VLocity trains.
The procurement will help the local public transport operator V/Line in improving rail services.