Project

Suburban Rail Loop - Airport

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Suburban Rail Loop - Airport

The Suburban Rail Loop - Airport (SRL Airport) is a proposed rail transit service that will take passengers from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the CBD in less than 30 minutes, using Victoria's new High Capacity Metro Trains. The project will enable most Victorians to reach Tullamarine with just one interchange, while those in south-east Melbourne will be able to travel directly to the airport. 

The SRL Airport’s anticipated route will travel through Sunshine in Melbourne’s west and utilise the Metro Tunnel in Melbourne’s CBD. The MAR will be integrated with the Suburban Rail Loop as part of the north-west section of the orbital loop planned for construction around the Melbourne CBD. The total capital cost of the Sunshine alignment was estimated to be between $8 and $13 billion.

The six major works packages proposed to deliver the project are:

  • Airport Station Package
  • Viaduct Package
  • Corridor Package
  • Maribyrnong River Bridge Package
  • Sunshine to Albion Package, and
  • Rail Systems Package.

The SRL Airport was previously referred to as Melbourne Airport Rail (MAR)

 

Key Dates

Jul 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Oct 2022 Name Change to SRL Airport
Jul 2029 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government

The Federal and Victorian Governments confirmed in November 2020 that they will each provide up to $5 billion for construction of the project.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)
Related contracts:
Commercial Advisor
Successful Tenderer - KPMG

Cost Estimators
Successful Tenderer - Turner and Townsend

Early Works
Successful Tenderer - Laing O'Rourke

Legal Advisers
Successful Tenderer - Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills

Probity Adviser
Successful Tenderer - O’Connor Marsden and Associates

Probity Auditor
Successful Tenderer - Pitcher Partners

Technical Advisor, Planning and Engagement Adviser
Successful Tenderer - Aurecon, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM JV)

PROJECT HISTORY

2005 The Victorian Government reserved land for a rail link to Melbourne Airport, which spurred off an existing freight corridor that runs between the Sunbury and Craigieburn lines.
Nov 2017 In November 2017, the Federal and Victorian governments met with industry and formally commenced the business case study.
Jul 2018 In the lead up to the November state election, the Victorian Government identified the Sunshine (Albion east) alignment as the Victorian Government's preferred alignment.
Sep 2018 RPV called for Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for industry participants interested in being part of delivering MAR. ROIs were are being sought from designers, engineers, rail systems providers, rolling stock providers, investors, financiers, developers and other rail infrastructure providers. Industry proponents who do not participate in the ROI process are not precluded from bidding for work once procurement starts.
Dec 2018 The Victorian Government announced that an Aurecon, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM JV) had been appointed as a technical advisor and KPMG as a commercial advisor for the project. The AJM JV is carrying out detailed investigations of infrastructure upgrades, costs and train requirements to deliver fast rail to the regions as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link for the Western Rail Plan.
Mar 2019 Federal and Victorian Governments signed a Heads of Agreement document for the project. The agreement outlines how the two governments will cooperate on the project, including jointly progressing the business case for the project. The business case is expected to be finalised in 2020.
Nov 2020 The Federal and Victorian Governments confirmed they will both commit up to $5 billion each for the project.
Dec 2020 The Victorian Government commenced community engagement, with feedback to be provided by February 2021.
Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. The five remaining packages were Airport Station Package, Viaduct Package, Corridor Package, Maribyrnong River Bridge Package, and Rail Systems Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that the packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments.
Jun 2021 Second phase of consultation began for the ongoing planning and design development process, closing on 6 September. Community feedback has been sought on key parts of the project, including Sunshine Station transport superhub, Albion overpass and station works, Bridge over the Maribyrnong River Valley, Bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80), and Shared use overpass in Sunshine North.
Jul 2021 Rail Projects Victoria issued pre-qualification documents for the early works of Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 4 August. A briefing was expected to be held on 9 August, with Request for Proposal phase commencing on 26 August. RPV announced that the contract award for early works is estimated for January 2022.
Sep 2021 Rail Projects Victoria commenced the EOI process for the Maribyrnong River Bridge Package, closing on 19 October. RPV also announced the package will be delivered using an Incentivised Target Cost (ITC) procurement model.
Feb 2022 Laing O'Rourke were announced as the preferred proponent for the program's early works package.
May 2022 The 2022-23 Victorian Budget allocated $472 million in planned spending for FY2022-23, but no further profile or total costs revealed
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Alliance | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Project pages
Victoria's Big Build
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Rail Systems Package

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
SRL Airport – Rail Systems Package

The Rail Systems Package of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) comprises the delivery of the:

  • High Capacity Signalling (HCS)
  • Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system
  • Traction Power System (TPS)
  • Rail Control Systems
  • Communications Systems including fibre optic network and Digital Train Radio System, and
  • Systems integration and assurance.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announcement

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. This included the Rail Systems Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that this packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments. In particular, Rail Projects Victoria indicated it was exploring the potential for all or part of the Rail Systems Package scope to be delivered through the future Sunshine to Albion Package Alliance.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Tender notices
2021/06/12
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Corridor Package

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
SRL Airport – Corridor Package

The Corridor Package of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) comprises the delivery of:

  • approximately six kilometres of new track and associated civil works
  • overhead wiring system, wiring and structures
  • land clearing and minor civil works for supporting infrastructure
  • Combined Services Route (CSR)
  • utility services relocations
  • modifications to existing Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) tracks and supporting infrastructure
  • shared user path works, and
  • modifications to existing road bridges spanning the corridor.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announcement
Aug 2022 EOIs Open

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. This included the Corridor Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that this packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments.
Jun 2021 Second phase of consultation began for Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 6 September. Community feedback was sought on the shared use overpass in Sunshine North.
Aug 2022 The pre-qualification document was released - interested parties must meet the pre-qualification requirements to participate in the procurement process.
Aug 2022 Rail Projects Victoria invited Expressions of Interest for the Airport Corridor Package (ACP) construction works, closing on 3 October 2022.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Airport Station Package

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
SRL Airport – Airport Station Package

The Airport Station Package of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) comprises the delivery of:

  • the new Airport Station, including operational control systems (OCS)
  • a new 1.5-kilometre track pair from the new station to Mercer Drive
  • overhead wiring system and structures 
  • land clearing and minor civil works for supporting infrastructure
  • Combined Services Route (CSR)
  • utility services relocations
  • civil structures, and
  • roadworks.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announcement
Nov 2021 EOIs Open

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. This included the Airport Station Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that this packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments.
Sep 2021 RPV issued pre-qualification documents for the Airport Station Package of Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 19 November. An Expression of Interest phase is expected to commence in October.
Nov 2021 Rail Projects Victoria commenced the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Airport Station Package, closing on 17 December.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Media releases
2021/11/09
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Viaduct Package

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
SRL Airport – Viaduct Package

The Viaduct Package of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) will deliver a viaduct commencing at Mercer Drive, continuing above the median strip of Airport Drive, towards Steele Creek North, and across the Western Ring Road.

The main scope of the package comprises the delivery of:

  • up to six kilometres of twin-track viaduct
  • overhead wiring system, wiring and structures
  • land clearing and minor civil works for supporting infrastructure
  • Combined Services Route (CSR)
  • utility services relocations
  • civil structures and grade separation
  • drainage, embankments and retaining walls, and
  • roadworks.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announcement
Nov 2021 EOIs Open

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. This included the Viaduct Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that this packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments.
Jun 2021 Second phase of consultation began for Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 6 September. Community feedback was sought on the bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80).
Sep 2021 RPV issued pre-qualification documents for the Viaduct Package of Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 26 November. An Expression of Interest phase is expected to commence in October.
Nov 2021 Rail Projects Victoria commenced the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Viaduct Package, closing on 17 December.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Media releases
2021/11/09
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Maribyrnong River Bridge Package

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
SRL Airport – Maribyrnong River Bridge Package

The Maribyrnong River Bridge Package of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) comprises the delivery of a new elevated twin-track rail crossing to the west of existing Albion Viaduct, comprising:

  • a north approach structure, approximately 48 metres in length
  • a new Maribyrnong River Viaduct, approximately 456 metres in length and 50 metres above ground level at its highest point
  • a new South Approach Structure, approximately 48 metres in length
  • associated earthworks
  • drainage work
  • lineside fencing, and
  • maintenance access.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 Project Announcement
Aug 2021 ROIs Open
Sep 2021 EOIs Open
Oct 2021 EOIs Close
2022 RFP Open
Jul 2022 RFP Close
Oct 2022 Preferred Bidder Selection
2022 Expected Contract Award
Dec 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2026 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)
Related contracts:
Commercial Advisers
Successful Tenderer - KPMG

Cost Estimators
Successful Tenderer - Turner and Townsend

Legal Advisers
Successful Tenderer - Minter Ellison, Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills

Probity Adviser
Successful Tenderer - O’Connor Marsden and Associates

Probity Auditor
Successful Tenderer - Pitcher Partners

Technical, Planning and Engagement Adviser
Successful Tenderer - Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald (AJM) Joint Venture

PROJECT HISTORY

Jun 2021 Along with the beginning of Expression of Interest process for the Sunshine to Albion Package, Rail Projects Victoria announced its intention to deliver MAR through a total of six major works packages. This included the Maribyrnong River Bridge Package. Rail Projects Victoria noted that this packaging structure was subject to scope changes and realignments. In particular, Rail Projects Victoria indicated it was exploring the potential for Maribyrnong River Bridge to be delivered as part of the Corridor Package.
Jun 2021 Second phase of consultation began for Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 6 September. Community feedback was sought on the bridge over the Maribyrnong River Valley.
Aug 2021 The Victorian Government commenced procurement for Maribyrnong River Bridge Package by opening the pre-qualification process, closing on 22 September. Expression of Interest process was expected to commence by September for the pre-qualified respondents.
Sep 2021 Rail Projects Victoria commenced the EOI process for the Maribyrnong River Bridge Package, closing on 19 October. RPV also announced the package will be delivered using an Incentivised Target Cost (ITC) procurement model.
Oct 2022 The Victorian Government announced a consortium of FCC Construction and Winslow Infrastructure as the preferred bidder for the project.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Media releases
2021/09/14
2022/10/30
Major Contract

SRL Airport – Sunshine to Albion Package

PROJECT STATUS
Awarded
SRL Airport – Sunshine to Albion Package

The Sunshine to Albion Package (SAP) of the Suburban Rail Loop Airport (SRL Airport) comprises works in and around Sunshine and Albion stations, including the construction of elevated twin tracks between Sunshine and Albion Junction. 

The full scope of work under the package comprises:

  • a new viaduct over bridges on Ballarat Road, St Albans Road and Stony Creek
  • modifications to Andersons Road rail underbridge
  • works between Sunshine Station and the Albion to Jacana Freight Corridor 
  • upgrades to Sunshine Station including an additional regional platform
  • upgrades to Albion Station
  • relocation and implementation of rail systems
  • modifications to existing substations
  • diversion, relocation and protection of existing utilities, and
  • connection of the Principal Bicycle Network and the Strategic Cycling Corridor.

Key Dates

Jun 2021 EOIs Open
Sep 2021 RFP Open
2022 Preferred Bidder Selection
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)
Successful Tenderer: The Sunshine Systems Alliance, comprising CPB Contractors, John Holland, AECOM, Alstom, and KBR.
Procurement note:

Following a registration process for pre-qualification in April 2021, the Expression of Interest (EOI) phase commenced in June 2021. Rail Projects Victoria intended to shortlist two bidders for the detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, that would lead to an Alliance Contract award for the successful bidder.

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 2021 The Victorian Government released concept designs for the Maribyrnong River Rail Bridge and the twin track, viaduct section between Sunshine and the Albion Junction. The viaduct section is to be delivered as part of the SAP.
Apr 2021 Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) opened registrations for the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Sunshine to Albion Package. Pre-qualified registrants were expected to participate in the EOI process from late April, with a procurement briefing to be held in May. Two shortlisted bidders from the EOI process would would then participate in the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase.
Jun 2021 Rail Projects Victoria commenced the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Sunshine to Albion Package (SAP). Noting the current packaging structure is subject to refinements, Rail Projects Victoria invited bidders to confirm their interest in potentially delivering the Rail Systems Package as part of their response to the SAP EOI. Delayed from the schedule announced in April, the EOI process was opened to bidders pre-qualified bidders, closing on 22 July. Rail Projects Victoria expected to shortlist two bidders for the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, scheduled to begin by September.
Jun 2021 Second phase of consultation began for Melbourne Airport Rail, closing on 6 September. Community feedback was sought on Sunshine Station transport superhub and Albion overpass and station works.
Feb 2022 The Victorian Department of Transport confirmed that upgrades to Sunshine Station, delivered as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, will also comprise an additional regional platform by 2029.
Sep 2022 The Victorian Government announced the preferred bidder for the Sunshine to Albion Package of Melbourne Airport Rail as the Sunshine Systems Alliance comprising CPB Contractors, John Holland, AECOM, Alstom and KBR.
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Project website
Melbourne Airport Rail
Tender notices
2021/04/14
2021/06/12