More than $1 million in improvement works will be completed on the Echuca to Deniliquin freight line, starting today.
Around 30 V/Line staff and contractors will upgrade tracks and bridges along the freight line.
The works will kick off this afternoon and be completed on the morning of Wednesday 11 March.
The package of works will include replacing the bridge deck in Moama and maintenance work on other bridges along the line.
Crews will also add ballast and complete track welding and repairs to sections of the track.
Some freight services will not be able to run while these important works are being completed, but V/Line has planned the works to minimise the disruption to freight trains and communicated with freight operators in advance to ensure they could plan ahead.
At the same time, works are continuing on the $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project in the state’s north west.
Freight trains returned to the Mildura line earlier this week and the next stage of the Murray Basin Rail Project will upgrade the Sea Lake and Manangatang lines.
Quotes attributable Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“These works are important for the ongoing upkeep of the line and to ensure the freight operators continue to have a safe, reliable pathway through the state’s north.”
“There are three scheduled trains on this line each week, carrying rice from Deniliquin through to Melbourne, as well as other trains that carry other commodities so it’s important we maintain the line.”
“We know how important the freight industry is to Victoria – that’s why we’re making vital improvements to the freight network all over the state.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020