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Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

RRL: Builders Shortlisted For Second Major Package Of Work

Victor P Taffa

Following an evaluation process, two consortiums interested in delivering the Southern Cross Station to Footscray stage of the Regional Rail Link project which includes realigning and upgrading the existing track and building two lines have been shortlisted.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder today announced the shortlisted consortiums are:

  • Integrate Rail (John Holland, Abigroup, Coleman Rail, AECOM & GHD);
  • Leighton Contractors, Downer EDI, SMEC & Mott MacDonald.


Mr. Albanese said the short-listing for the second major package of works represents another major milestone in the delivery the country’s biggest public transport infrastructure project.

“Each of these two bidders will now be invited to develop and submit fully costed proposals, with the final contract expected to be awarded next year.” Mr. Albanese said.

“The Gillard Labor Government recognises that the task of modernising and expanding the public transport infrastructure within our major cities is too big for any one level of Government. That’s why we’ve allocated $7.3 Billion in Federal funding to this important nation building task more than all our predecessors since Federation combined.”

The Regional Rail Link is a jointly funded project, with the Federal Government contributing $3.2 Billion and the balance coming from the Victorian Government.

Mr Mulder said the extensive package of work to be delivered by the successful consortium will transform the movement of regional trains through Melbourne’s inner west.

“Once fully completed, the Regional Rail Link will become metropolitan Melbourne’s first major new rail line in 80 years, providing capacity for up to 9,000 additional passengers during peak hour.” Mr. Mulder said.

“It will also improve the reliability of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo V/Line services as well as free up capacity for more trains on the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury (Sydenham) lines.”

As well as upgrading the existing track and building new lines, the second major package of work will also involve:

  • Modifying the bridges at Dynon Road, Moonee Ponds Creek and Lloyd Street;
  • Constructing a 1.1 km viaduct structure between South Kensington and Hopkins Street (Footscray);
  • Erecting a new rail bridge across the Maribyrnong River on the south side of the existing heritage rail bridge;
  • Building a new rail-over-rail flyover near the Joseph Road Precinct;
  • Realigning of the Werribee line tracks between the Maribyrnong River and Hopkins Street;
  • Installing new train control systems, including modification to the existing signalling system at Melbourne Yard, South Kensington and Franklin Street as well as the interface with the Dynon signalling system.

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