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The next stage of works along the Gippsland line will soon be underway with a contractor being appointed.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced that VicConnect, a consortium comprising of UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup would deliver the upgrades.

“The Gippsland line is well overdue for these upgrades which will provide more reliable and frequent services for Gippslanders,” Mr Chester said.

“Improvements include duplicating track, extending the Morwell crossing loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling and reactivating the second platform at Traralgon.

“These works will enable trains at Traralgon to run every 40 minutes between peaks and provide a more reliable service.

“Upgrades to drainage structures at Morwell and a trial of solar-powered wireless level crossing detection technology at Farrells Lane in Stratford will also take place.”

Mr Chester said improving connectivity was essential for Gippslanders to travel throughout the region and into the city.

“Many Gippslanders use our train network on a daily basis and having reliable, efficient and regular services is essential,” Mr Chester said.

“Gippsland is a fantastic place to live and this work ensures our connectivity meets the needs and helps to improve the liveability and accessibility of the region.

Mr Chester said VicConnect would host industry briefings for local contractors and suppliers to become involved in the project.

“A project office will be established in Morwell to ensure community engagement and local businesses are able to benefit from the project,” Mr Chester said.

“I look forward to seeing works get underway over the next few months.”

The $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade is being delivered as part of the Regional Rail Revival Program. Mr Chester secured $504 million for the project as the then-Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in June 2017. The Victorian Government is contributing $26 million and is responsible for delivering the project.

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