Cranbourne-Pakenham to Sunbury line upgrade


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Cranbourne-Pakenham to Sunbury line upgrade

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Announced
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Cranbourne-Pakenham to Sunbury rail corridor comprises Melbourne's busiest train lines, with the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and the Level Crossing Removal Programme already underway to improve capacity on the corridor.

The upgrade's works will involve infrastructure, power and signalling upgrades along the City to Cranbourne-Pakenham corridor, along with further design and development work on the Sunbury line. The works will increase the capacity and system resilience of the lines in preparation for the introduction of High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) in 2019, allowing HCMTs to run to Sunbury.

The 2018-19 Victorian Budget allocated $572 million towards the project.

The funding allocation will also fund planning and development activities for a future duplication of the Cranbourne Line and associated works at the Dandenong and Caulfield rail junctions.

An Alliance including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne are currently completing the Cranbourne to Pakenham project as part of the Level Crossing Removal Programme. The works involve delivering upgrades to the Cranbourne Pakenham rail line between Dandenong and Caulfield, including:

the removal of all nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield;
five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park;
new and upgraded rail infrastructure in the corridor including power and signalling upgrades; and
a new train depot and maintenance facility in Pakenham East.

The Upgrades will expand the work done by the Alliance.

Last reviewed: 27/08/2018

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