Ballarat Line Upgrade


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Ballarat Line Upgrade

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STATUS: Preferred bidder announced
TYPE: Greenfield

The Ballarat Line upgrade involves a duplication of the rail line between Ballarat and Melton. The 2016/17 Victorian State Budget allocated $518 million towards the project.

The project is designed to increase the frequency of services to Melbourne's outer west, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat. It will involve:

- duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park and Melton, allowing for the future electrification of the line to Melton;
- duplication of three kilometres of track east of Warrenheip junction;
- a five kilometre passing loop at Ballan;
- a four kilometre passing loop at Spreadeagle, resulting in the closure of the Bungaree loop and removal of five level crossings;
- new stabling facilities at Melton and Rowsley;
- removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh;
- additional platforms at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations; and
- extended platforms with new pedestrian links and a replacement carpark at Rockbank Station.

In November 2016, the Victorian Government announced that the project would be delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA). MMRA are also responsible for the delivery of Metro Tunnel. 

Request for Proposals to build the Ballarat Line upgrade was released to market in March 2017, with responses due by 1 May 2017. 

Five groups were shortlisted in June 2017 including:

- John Holland, Arcadis, KBR;
- Laing O’Rourke, AECOM;
- Lendlease, Coleman Rail, SMEC;
- CPB Contractors, WSP; and
- TRANSFORM, comprising McConnell Dowell, RCR O’Donnell Griffin, Arup, GHD.

From this, the joint venture of Lendlease, Coleman Rail (part of ACCIONA Geotech) and SMEC were announced as the preferred bidder in July 2017. The contract is expected to be awarded later in 2017.

Early works on the upgrade are currently underway involving 200 geotechnical investigations. It is anticipated that major construction will start in early 2018, with completion expected in late 2019.

An additional $39 million was allocated in the 2017/18 Victorian State Budget for Stage 2 of the upgrade, which will improve services for Ararat and Maryborough.

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