Regional railway revival contracts

THE process to seek contractors to upgrade the Gippsland line as part of the Regional Rail Revival is underway.

Deputy Prime Minister and federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack  and state Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan announced contractors would be sought to deliver major upgrades on three regional rail lines.

Mr McCormack said expressions of interest were being sought to design and build the bulk of the upgrades to the Gippsland, Shepparton and Echuca lines.

“Packaging these projects together will mean works on these crucial regional upgrades can get underway and allows the most capable and experienced construction companies in Victoria to compete for this multi-million-dollar package of works,” he said.

Work on the Ballarat line has begun.

Ms Allan said more than a year of planning and design work had taken place to get these projects out to market.

“The specialist project teams at Rail Projects Victoria have undertaken extensive investigations to determine the infrastructure needed to deliver benefits to passengers on these lines,” she said.

“We’ve seen the unprecedented construction taking place along the Ballarat line, including upgrades to signalling and level crossings, crossing loops, station upgrades, duplicated track and stabling and this project is a sign of what’s to come on the Shepparton, Bendigo and Gippsland lines.

“These works mean more regional Victorians can look forward to better train services sooner.”

The Gippsland line upgrade scope of works has been refined and finalised following detailed investigations and rail operations assessments by Rail Projects Victoria in the past year.

The project will include upgrading signalling, duplicating track, extending a crossing loop, adding platforms at four stations, a stabling facility, modernising train detection at level crossings and renewing the drainage structures underneath the rail line.

These upgrades will enable more frequent services for Gippsland passengers, boost safety for motorists and train passengers, and improve the line’s ongoing reliability and resilience issues.

Construction on the three lines is targeted for completion in 2022, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program is funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.