State Government announces $300m rail line investment


Over $300 million in funding has been allocated to modernise the Bendigo and Echuca rail lines. The investment will see an electric train ordering system established in the area.

The system, which will be a first for Victoria, is set to allow more frequent and faster services to Echuca and even more services between Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Epsom. 

The existing radio equipment and telecommunication networks already fitted on the V/Line trains will be put to use, allowing services to run more often. This technology will be used in the future across the V/Line network to provide more services in other areas of regional Victoria.

The line is poised to receive three new stations at Huntly, Goornong and Raywood as part of the $49.6 million Victorian Government investment in Bendigo Metro 3. 

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Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan indicated the additional investment will get shovels in the ground faster, in turn delivering more trains more often for Echuca and Bendigo riders.

“These critical upgrades will mean better services for passengers while creating jobs and providing a much- needed boost to the regional economy through and beyond the pandemic,” Allan said.

The additional funding comes from the Regional Rail Revival program and brings the total investment in the state's regional rail network to more than $2 billion. 


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