Exploring the Murray Basin

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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

V/Line appointed the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail Joint Venture in June 2017 to deliver the Murray Basin Rail Project.

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Local jobs and supplier opportunities

Community engagement and safety

There will be increased road and rail activity over the coming months as a result of works on the railway between Ararat and Maryborough and on the Mildura freight lines.

It is important to be vigilant and take care around the track as we complete this major upgrade.

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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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Stages and key dates

The project is being delivered in a number of stages, which are outlined in the map below. Hover over the map to view details.

Stage 1

Mildura and Hopetoun rail lines

Enabling works and repair of existing rail on the Mildura and Hopetoun rail lines.

Completed June 2016

Stage 2

Maryborough to Yelta, Ouyen to Murrayville, and Maryborough to Ararat

Gauge conversion and upgrade works on rail freight lines between Maryborough to Yelta, and Ouyen to Murrayville. Upgrade works and reopening of the Maryborough to Ararat line.

July 2017 to January 2018

Stage 3

Dunolly to Manangatang, and Korong Vale to Sea Lake

Gauge conversion and upgrade works on freight lines from Dunolly to Manangatang and Korong Vale to Sea Lake.

March 2018 to August 2018

Stage 4

Gheringhap to Warrenheip

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

March 2018 to August 2018

Stage 5

Warrenheip to Maryborough

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

Timing TBC

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