About the project

The Murray Basin Rail Project will deliver a $440 million upgrade to improve Victoria’s rail freight network, providing the north west region with better rail freight services and more choices for less cost.

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Project delivery

Work on Stage 2 of the Murray Basin Rail Project is largely complete, with trains running on the Mildura line and the reopened Maryborough to Ararat line. V/Line crews are working to finalise and bed in the track.

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Local jobs and supplier opportunities

Community engagement 

The Murray Basin Rail Project has completed extensive community and stakeholder engagement to support the delivery of the project.

Engagement has included a program of community information sessions, briefings, pop ups at regional shows, email and telephone correspondence, a Rail Safety in Schools program, extensive advertising, community notices and construction communications, use of roadside VMS boards, and industry workshops.

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Rail safety

Project benefits

The Murray Basin Rail Project will drive economic growth, create jobs and provide a major boost to the transport industry, agricultural sector and regional communities. It will improve rail freight services and reduce the costs of moving freight.

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Project funding

The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.

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The project is being delivered in a number of stages, which are outlined in the map below.

Stage 1

Mildura and Hopetoun rail lines enabling and repair works.

Completed June 2016

Stage 2

Dunolly to Yelta, Ouyen to Murrayville, and Maryborough to Ararat – gauge conversion and upgrade works.

Future stage

Maryborough to Manangatang, and Korong Vale to Sea Lake – gauge conversion and upgrade works.

Gheringhap to Warrenheip – gauge conversion and upgrade works.

Future stage

Gheringhap to Warrenheip

Gauge conversion and upgrade works on freight lines from Gheringhap to Warrenheip.

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