Announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget, the Regional Rail Revival program involves upgrades to every regional passenger rail lines in Victoria.
The program is being managed by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) (formerly the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority), and comprises following upgrades:
- $714 million plus Shepparton Corridor Upgrade (Stage One completed)
- $631 million Ballarat Line Upgrade (Completed)
- $531 million Gippsland Line Upgrade
- $510 million Warrnambool Line Upgrade (including the Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade), and
- $235 million North East Rail Line Upgrade, and
- $176 million Bendigo & Echuca Line Upgrade.
Ballarat Line Upgrade ($518 million)
The Ballarat Line Upgrade involves the upgrade and duplication of the rail line between Ballarat and Melton. Lendlease, Coleman Rail (part of ACCIONA Geotech) and SMEC were announced as the preferred bidder in July 2017 for the alliance contract, with the contract signed in December 2017. Construction was scheduled to be completed in late 2019.
North East Line Upgrade ($235 million)
The North East Line Upgrade involves various track upgrades to enable improved train services and allow VLocity trains to run to Albury/Wodonga. In December 2019, Australian Rail Track Corporation, as the delivery agency of the project, awarded John Holland the main works contract for the project. Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for the delivery of supporting infrastructure upgrades including level crossing and stabling upgrades.
|Nov 2021||Construction commencement - Warrnambool Line Upgrade, Stage 2|
|Procuring Agency:||Rail Projects Victoria|
The upgrades are being procured in various forms.
|Dec 2017||Registrations of Interest (ROIs) opened for remaining projects under the Regional Rail Revival program.|
|Sep 2018||Infrastructure Australia (IA) added the Ballarat Line Upgrade to its Infrastructure Priority list as a Priority Project, following its evaluation of the project business case. IA's Project Evaluation Summary noted the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) as 1.1.|
|May 2021||Rail Projects Victoria awarded two contracts. One was the contract to deliver the new Electronic Train Order (ETO) system from Bendigo to Swan Hill and Echuca, which has been awarded to V/Line and Wabtec. The second contract was awarded to Symal Infrastructure to deliver three new train stations as part of Bendigo Metro 3.|
|Jul 2021||The Victorian Government announced John Holland as the successful contractor to deliver the Track Upgrades contract for the Bendigo & Echuca Line Upgrade, with construction expected to commence in September 2021.|
|Aug 2021||The Federal Government announced the delivery of works previously flagged as part of Shepparton Line Upgrade Stage Three would be brought forward into the scope of the Shepparton Line Upgrade Stage Two. The successful contractors delivering Stage Two – Coleman Rail and KBR, in an Alliance with Rail Projects Victoria and V/Line – will deliver the expanded loop and stabling facility works previously included in the Stage Three scope of works. The signalling and track upgrade works between Seymour and Shepparton as part of Stage Three will be procured separately, subject to planning and environmental approvals.|
|Sep 2021||The Victorian Government announced Stage Two of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade will commence by the end of 2021.|
2021/05/19 (Bendigo to Echucha)
2021/05/19 (Bendigo Metro 3)