Victorian Government to spend $1 million to upgrade Echuca-Deni freight line
More than $1 million in improvement works will be completed on the Echuca to Deniliquin freight line, starting today.
About 30 V/Line staff and contractors will upgrade tracks and bridges along the freight line.
The works will kick off this afternoon and be completed on the morning of Wednesday 11 March.
The package of works will include replacing the bridge deck in Moama and maintenance work on other bridges along the line.
Crews will also add ballast and complete track welding and repairs to sections of the track.
Some freight services will not be able to run while these important works are being completed, but V/Line has planned the works to minimise the disruption to freight trains and communicated with freight operators in advance to ensure they could plan ahead.
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the works were important to ensure freight operators continued to have a safe and reliable pathway.
“There are three scheduled trains on this line each week, carrying rice from Deniliquin through to Melbourne, as well as other trains that carry other commodities so it’s important we maintain the line," she said.
“We know how important the freight industry is to Victoria – that’s why we’re making vital improvements to the freight network all over the state.”