Network access and freight


Third party works, filming, photography and community groups

Applications

Holders of a valid Site Access Permit (SAP) are able to access V/Line land.

The V/Line Access Team will issue a SAP once an access request is submitted and reviewed.

Types of access

Non-disruptive access: a minimum of 28 business days notification is required to process an application that does not affect train services.

Disruptive access: a minimum of 90 days is required for access that disrupts train services.

Requesting access

To request access to V/Line land for any activities, please fill out the form by clicking the link below. 
    

Effective from 1 July 2015
 
  Type of access Fee (excludes GST)
1 Extension of access
Administration fee to extend the period of previously issued Site Access Permit.
$250 
2 Annual applications
Fee for setting up similar activities carried out at multiple sites. Duration 12
months.
Covers activities such graffiti removal, painting etc.

Annual Renewal and Audit Fee

$3000



$1500
3 Access for non-commercial purposes - no entry into danger zone
Covers activities such as: handing out flyers for community purposes, sale of raffle tickets for charity.

Each application is assessed individually. Standard access is one business day.
Nil
4 Access for commercial purposes - no entry into danger zone

a) flyer distribution to promote commercial businesses
b) access to V/Line buildings or structures, use of equipment or temporary structures
c) filming or photography of V/Line assets or within V/Line boundaries.

Each application is assessed individually. Standard access is three business days.

a) $350
b) $550

c) Price on application
5 Access for commercial purposes - possible entry into danger zone

Cover activities such as inspections of the rail corridor, field surveys, etc.

Does not cover intrusive works on V/Line leased land. If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
$1020
6 Service pipes crossing of the rail corridor (not related to a development project)

Covers commercial, utility and domestic facility services. Includes crossings on existing bridges and all water and gas conduits.

a) Less than 100mm 
b) 100mm – 199mm  
c) 200mm – 499mm
d) 500mm or larger (but excluding major civil works) 

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.


a) $1650
b) $3000
c) $4200
d) $6000  

 
7 Service crossing of the rail corridor - overhead lines (not related to a development project)

Covers commercial, utility, domestic, electrical and communications services.

a) new installation 
b) cable (conductor) renewal 
c) pole renewal 
d) cross arm replacement 
e) strain installation.  

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.

a) $3600 
b) $1800
c) $1800
d) $780
e) $780 
8 Pipelines containing flammable liquids and gasses

Covers all flammable liquids and gasses such as oil, petroleum and gas. 

a) Construction of transmission pipelines carrying flammable liquids.
b) Upgrade or maintenance of transmission pipelines carrying flammable liquids. 
c) Upgrade or maintenance of pipelines carrying flammable liquids.

Prices exclude the cost of disruptions to V/Line services. If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
a) Price on application
b) $1500 
c) $1500
9 Mobile telecommunications
Covers antennas, poles, huts, equipment shelters and maintenance upgrades.

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
Price on application
10 Minor development and civil projects
Covers minor works to existing bridges, structures, underpasses and paths.

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
$3600
11 Major civil construction project
Covers construction of bridges, underpasses, paths, major excavations, proximity to tunnels, rock anchors and mining.

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
Price pn application
12 Decommissioning of services or assets comprising or coated with asbestos Price on application
13 Ground water bore

1-5 bores
Installation/decommissioning
Inspections 

6-10 bores
Installation/decommissioning
Ongoing inspections 

11-15 bores
Installation/decommissioning
Ongoing inspections 

16-30 bores
Installation/decommissioning
Ongoing inspections 

31+ bores
Installation/decommissioning
Ongoing inspections 

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
$990
$275


$1900
$500 


$2200
$825 



$2500
$1500


Price on application

  
14 Stormwater facility or discharge onto rail corridor (not related to development project)

If works are not completed within the agreed timeframe, an extension of access must be applied for.
$2640 
15 Environmental works

Works undertaken on the V/Line network providing benefits to the community and environment. Subject to approval by the V/Line Environmental Manager. Covers weed control, vegetation management, fire reduction, reserve maintenance and biological surveys.
Price on application
16 Rail or road projects Price on application
17 State works Price on application

Freight information & access

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) approved an access arrangement for the operation of freight trains on the V/Line network.

You can download these documents from the links below.

V/Line’s current standard access prices are:
  • Flagfall rate ($/km) bulk grain 0, other freight including containers $0.948.
  • Variable rate ($/1000 GTK) bulk grain $4.471, other freight including containers $1.782.
  • V/Line will charge operators the sum of $83.39 for each instance of access to the Geelong Grain Loop.

More information

For more information about what's required to obtain access on the V/Line network, please download the guide below.

V/Line site access guide
PDF 455kB

For further information please email access@vline.com.au

For all freight related queries please email freight@vline.com.au