At V/Line, we understand that our role as a public transport operator contributes to environmental sustainability.  

With approximately 3440 kilometres of railway track under our control, including stations, rail yards and a fleet of more than 300 individual train sets, we have many environmental challenges.

Some of our biggest challenges relate to the management and protection of significant vegetation next to our tracks and the use of diesel fuel to power our trains.

Government reporting directives requires V/Line to submit additional information on office-based environmental data.

Detailed information on aspects of energy use, waste production and paper use help keep environmental issues front of mind, and set out challenges for ongoing improvement in the coming years.

Energy efficiency

The Energy Efficiency Opportunities program encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency. It does this by requiring businesses to identify, evaluate and report publicly on cost effective energy savings opportunities. 

V/Line regularly reports on current energy usage and more importantly, identifies projects to drive energy savings. 

Energy Efficiency Report
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Our neighbours

V/Line manages approximately 3440 kilometres of rail reserves in Victoria.
These reserves border state forests, public land and a range of private landowners including farmers, homeowners and businesses.

Together with our neighbours, we work to manage pests, weeds and vegetation growth.

The land around train tracks is called the rail reserve, in Victoria it covers approximately 5000 kilometres and is managed by several bodies, including V/Line.

V/Line clears vegetation from the rail reserve to reduce the risk of fire, in a process called slashing. This takes place within the densely populated areas of towns along the 3600 kilometres of the V/Line network and areas deemed an extreme risk as determined by the Victorian Fire Risk Register. 

V/Line ensures it has the apropriate permission to  before clearing any vegetation from a recignised bio-site. Some areas near waterways, embankments or other areas which are difficult to access may be are excluded, although some of these areas may be brush cut.
Vegetation is usually removed to within 10 centimetres of the ground.
We also spray herbicide near roads and other places that have a high risk of ignition.

2017-18 slashing

Completed areas

Korong Vale to Robinvale
Korong Vale to Kulwin
Yelta to Ouyen
Ouyen to Panitya
Ouyen to Birchip
Sunshine to Newport
Tarneit to North Shore
Werribee to Wyndham Vale
South Geelong to Waurn Ponds
Bendigo to Epsom
Bendigo to Kangaroo Flat
Bendigo to Inglewood
Piangil to Kerang
Rockbank to Ballarat
Donnybrook to Tocumwal 
Toolamba to Echuca
Deniliquin to Goornong
Barnes to Moulamein

Slashing in progress
Colac to Waurn Ponds 
North Geelong and Waurn Ponds
Birchip to Dunolly
Harcourt, Castlemaine and Campbells Creek
Warragul and Munro
Piangil to Raywood

Slashing expected to be completed by 30 November
Tarneit to Deer Park
Deer Park to Sunshine
Sunbury to Castlemaine
Ararat to Ballarat
Ballarat to Maryborough
Ballarat to Bannockburn
Livestock and train tracks are never a good mix. Please do everything you can to keep them apart.

As a stock owner or keeper, you are responsible for keeping your animals away from the train tracks.

Keep customers, staff and your animals safe.

For more information click here or if you need to move livestock across the train tracks, please call V/Line train control on 9619 1077.

It is important that vegetation in and around the rail reserve does not affect the safe operations of trains.

V/Line monitors and maintains vegetation on railway land by removing or trimming trees, slashing or grading grass and spraying herbicide.

Land owners and occupiers have a legal duty to protect neighbouring properties, including rail lines, from vegetation that may pose a risk.

For more information click here or if you have concerns that vegetation on your land is interfering with the railway, please call 1800 800 007 to arrange an inspection.



Further Information

Land owners concerned about trees inside rail reserves or on their property should phone us on 1800 800 120.

If you’re planning to move livestock or heavy machinery across railway tracks, please call V/Line train control on 03 9619 1077.