Minister Announces 5 Firms To Build Ballarat Line Upgrade

Minister Announces 5 Firms To Build Ballarat Line Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Ballarat Line Upgrade Ramps Up

Victor P Taffa

Some of Australia’s biggest construction companies are vying to deliver the Andrews Government’s transformation of the Ballarat line.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today that there were 5 experienced construction firms competing to build the $518 Million Ballarat Line Upgrade:  

  • John Holland, Arcadis, KBR
  • Laing O’Rourke, AECOM
  • Lendlease, Coleman Rail, SMEC
  • CPB Contractors, WSP
  • TRANSFORM (McConnell Dowell, RCR O’Donnell Griffin, Arup, GHD)

“Australia’s best construction firms are lining up to build this critical project for the growing communities along the Ballarat Line.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“We’re investing more than half a billion dollars to give commuters in Ballarat, Melton and Melbourne’s West more trains, more often.”

Ballarat Line Upgrade will duplicate 18 km of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, install extra passing loops, and build new stabling facilities, station platforms and car parking creating space for more trains, more often for growing communities right along the line.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will relocate existing stabling yards at Bacchus Marsh station to Maddingley instead of constructing new stabling at Melton and Rowsley. This will mean staff will work from one location, away from urban areas making it quieter for local residents.

“This massive project will create hundreds of jobs and deliver more frequent and reliable rail services to meet increased demand on the Ballarat line.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.

Evaluation of the bids is well-advanced and a decision will be made shortly on a preferred bidder. The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

VIC MInister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan









Preparatory works for the Ballarat Line Upgrade are gaining momentum, with nearly 90 boreholes dug since February to provide information about the ground conditions along the Ballarat line.

“Together with the initial work that has already begun, the announcement of project bidders shows real progress is being made on this great project.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

Further site investigations including geotechnical drilling, service locating and ecological assessments will be carried out in the coming months to inform the project’s detailed design.

Ballarat Line Upgrade will create up to 400 jobs during construction, with apprentices, trainees, and engineering cadets making up at least 10 % of the project’s total labour hours.