Works have progressed on the Warrnambool Line Upgrade over recent months, with construction of the new crossing loop at Boorcan complete and signalling upgrades continuing between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool.
Track installation for the new Boorcan crossing loop was completed earlier this year, with more than 3,000 sleepers and 5,000 tonnes of ballast used as part of its construction.
The 2.2km track will allow trains to pass each other in this section of the Warrnambool Line and help services to recover more quickly from unexpected delays. The crossing loop to be introduced into service after signalling works and commissioning are completed next year.
Signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warncoort are on track to be completed in coming months, with works involving trenching, cabling and infrastructure installation.
More than 24 kilometres of signalling cable has been installed, along with eight kilometres of access tracks along the line.
A construction compound has recently been established at Warrnambool Station to help signalling works to progress in this part of the line. During a summer disruption on the line in early December, additional signalling infrastructure will be installed along the line, including a radio tower and communication and power building at Boorcan.
The signalling upgrades on Warrnambool Line will allow for a fifth day return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne, which will provide passengers with more choice on when to travel following commissioning in mid-to-late 2022.
Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade will begin in coming months, and will allow modern VLocity trains to travel In Victoria’s south-west for the first time.
More than 50 public level crossings will also be upgraded with improved train technology to detect VLocity trains. Boom gates, bells and flashing lights will be added to 17 of these crossings to boost safety for train passengers and motorists.
The stabling facility at Warrnambool Station will also be upgraded to house the longer VLocity trains, providing the trains a place to return to after services.