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Designs released for upgraded Gippsland stations

The federal government says new upgrades to Gippsland stations will make passenger and freight rail services more efficient

The federal government has released final designs for major train station upgrades at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon as part of a freight upgrade.

The designs have been informed by community feedback and come as part of the federal and Victorian governments’ Gippsland Line Upgrade that seeks to improve safety, accessibility and enable more passenger and freight rail services.

The designs include a new accessible pedestrian overpass at Traralgon Station, as well as an upgraded, more accessible underpass at Morwell Station.

The federal government says Bunyip and Longwarry station designs feature additional platforms, improved car parking and better integration with their respective town centres.

Further works include track duplication at Bunyip and Longwarry, a crossing loop extension at Morwell and second platforms at four stations to provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other.

Drainage improvements between the new and existing tracks at Bunyip and Longwarry stations will also get underway, along with trenching works to make way for level crossing upgrades that will be delivered as part of the project.

Coaches will replace trains between Pakenham and Traralgon from July 27 until August 8 while the level crossing removal works are underway.

Coaches will replace trains on the Gippsland Line for the entire journey from June 25 to July 19while crews construct the foundations for a new rail bridge in Kilmany as part of Stage 3 of the Princes Highway East Upgrade.

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Federal transport minister Catherine King says the upgrades will allow more services to travel through the region.

“The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable more services to make it quicker and easier for passengers to travel. We know how important access to reliable and efficient means of transport is to Victorians,” King says.

These works are part of the $253 million Princes Highway East Upgrade (Stage 3) and will see a new rail bridge span over the highway, providing a significant improvement to safety and reliability for freight, tourists and commuters while minimising impacts on the rail network.

The Princes Highway East Upgrade will add 43km of new lanes to the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale. This is the third and final stage of the project, which will add an extra 12km of consistent two-lane highway.

Major construction on the Gippsland Line Upgrade is targeted for completion in late 2022. The upgrade is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival program, which is jointly funded by the federal and Victorian governments.

The program is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating 3,000 jobs.

Victorian transport infrastructure minister Jacinta Allan says: “It’s great to see works progressing on the Gippsland Line Upgrade and these designs released for the station upgrades at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon – which will provide a huge benefit to passengers and freight companies once complete.”

“This upgrade will enable more frequent and reliable services to run on the line, with improved safety and accessibility.”

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