Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Delivering the Shepparton rail line freight upgrade

Media Release

MM164/2018

14 September 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Damian Drum MP

Federal Member for Murray

The Hon Jacinta Allan MP

VIC Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects
State Member for Bendigo East

Work is progressing to enhance the capacity and efficiency of freight rail from the Goulburn Valley, with $900,000 in planning funding locked-in following formal approval.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project is a key part of the $1.75 billion Victorian Regional Rail Revival Package and will help improve the reliability and efficiency of freight rail services across northern Victoria.

“The first stage of the project will undertake planning to identify future investment priorities, including options and staging opportunities to standardise the line,” Mr McCormack said.

This is in addition to significant investments being made to improve rail infrastructure across northern Victoria, including $235 million to upgrade the North East Line, $81.9 million to upgrade the Bendigo and Echuca Line and $9 million to upgrade the Shepparton Line.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan said the second stage of the project would deliver much-needed upgrades to remove restrictions that affect the ability to transport agricultural produce, particularly grain, to the Port of Melbourne.

“We’ll work alongside stakeholders as we get on with this planning work, in addition to the works already underway on the Victorian Government’s $356 million Shepparton Corridor Upgrade,” Ms Allan said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the efficient and effective transport movement, particularly of freight within, to and from the Greater Shepparton region, is critical to ongoing growth and competitiveness of the city and of the surrounding region.

“With upgrades for passenger services underway on the Shepparton Line, the aim of the project is to understand the impact this increase in services will have on the current and future freight services on this line,” Mr Drum said.

“This work investigates rail infrastructure improvements to retain and improve freight capacity with the planned higher frequency passenger service. The project will also determine future demand for freight services, and consider the significant growth in agricultural industries, including cotton, in northern Victoria,” Mr Drum said.

The Australian Government has committed $9 million and the Victorian Government $1 million with planning expected to be completed in early-2019.