SIXTY kilometres of sleepers along the Shepparton-Nagambie rail lines have begun being replaced as part of a $5.6M maintenance project being carried out on the Seymour-Shepparton rail line.
The works, which include the replacement of 17,000 timber sleepers and resurfacing of 17 level crossings will be carried out in four 10-day blocks over the next two months.
Up to four off-peak services a day between Shepparton and Seymour will be replaced by coaches during the 10-day blocks, while works are carried out.
Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes said, “These works will improve the line, making trains more reliable and local communities safer.
“The Andrews Labor Government will also develop Victoria’s first Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP).
“The RNDP will set out the long-term priorities for services to the north east and across the regional network.
“It will consider the best ways to expand capacity, extend the network and improve coordination between trains and buses – critical elements in a better public transport system for regional Victoria.
“Communities in northern Victoria, including Shepparton, will be consulted as part of the development of the Regional Network Development Plan, with consultation to kick off in the coming months.
“I expect the community consultations to start shortly and play a critical role in the development of the Plan for Northern Victoria.”
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