Regional Rail Revival
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Construction projects: > AUD$300m
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The Regional Rail Revival program was announced in the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget. The Federal Government has provided $1.42 billion towards the project.
The program is being managed by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) (formerly the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority), and comprises upgrades to every regional passenger rail line in Victoria. This includes:
- $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade (under construction)
- Bendigo & Echuca Line Upgrade
- $160 million Geelong Line Upgrade
- $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade
- $235 million North East Rail Line Upgrade
- $356 million Shepparton Corridor Upgrade (Stage 1 completed), and
- $114 million Warrnambool Line Upgrade.
In July 2020, the Federal Government committed an additional $178.2 million to the project, with the Victorian Government committing an additional $129.1 million. The additional funding will enable the delivery of a modernised electronic train ordering system for the Bendigo and Echuca Line to help increase the frequency of services.
The upgrades are being procured in varying forms.
In December 2017 Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for remaining projects under the Regional Rail Revival program opened. While no closing date was listed for ROIs, it is at RPV's discretion to close and not consider responses after a certain point in time.
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 is scheduled to be completed in late 2019.
Infrastructure Australia (IA) announced in September 2018 that it had added the project to its Infrastructure Priority list as a Priority Project, following its evaluation of the project business case. IA's Project Evaluation Summary notes the project has a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 1.1.
Gippsland Line Upgrade ($530 million)
The Upgrade comprises two components. The circa $435 million first component is part of the Gippsland-Shepparton-Bendigo package. The second (Stage 2) is the $95 million duplication of the Avon River Bridge.
In October 2018 RPV announced that Downer EDI, CPB Contractors and a Coleman Rail Decmil Southern joint venture had been shortlisted for Stage 2, signalling the start of the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of procurement. The contract was awarded to CPB Contractors in July 2019.
Geotechnical investigations began in March 2018. Construction of Stage 2 is expected to start in 2019 with completion in early 2021.
Shepparton Corridor Upgrade ($356 million)
The Upgrade comprises three stages. Stage one, which saw the upgrade of stabling at Shepparton Station and implementation of 20 extra coach services between Shepparton and Seymour has been completed.
The $313 million Stage two comprises upgrades that will allow modern VLocity trains to travel to Shepparton for the first time and is part of the Gippsland-Shepparton-Bendigo package. Stage three involves implementing nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne. Funding has been provided for business case development of Stage three.
Geelong Line Upgrade ($160 million)
Stage 1 of the Upgrade includes upgrading Waurn Ponds Station with a second platform, pedestrian overpass and additional track. In January 2020, Downer were awarded the contract for the works. Construction is to begin in mid-2020, with expected completion in 2021.
Stage 2 of the Upgrade is being completed as part of the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project.
Warrnambool Line Upgrade ($114 million)
The upgrade comprises signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool along with a new crossing loop. In January 2020, Downer were awarded the contract for the works. Construction is to begin in mid-2020, with expected completion in 2021. Level crossing upgrades are also being conducted separately by V/Line along the Line.
Last reviewed: 10/07/2020
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The Regional Rail Revival program is delivering upgrades to every regional rail line in Victoria.
In March 2019, the Victorian and Federal Governments announced that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were open for a package of works to deliver Stage 1 of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, Stage 2 of the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade and part of the Bendigo and Euchuca Line Upgrade. Specifically, this comprises:
Gippsland Line Upgrade Stage 1
- duplicating track and building a new second platform at Bunyip and Longwarry stations
- upgrading 20 level crossing detection devices
- extending track duplication near Moe further East towards Traralgon
- improving drainage at Morwell River
- extending the crossing loop at Morwell
- a new second platform at Morwell Station
- duplicating nine kilometres of track between Morwell and Traralgon
- installing modern rail signalling and building a new second platform at Traralgon Station, and
- relocating train stabling at Traralgon.
Shepparton Corridor Upgrade Stage 2
- constructing new train stabling facilities near Shepparton
- extending platforms at Shepparton, Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations
- signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h
- extending a crossing loop near Murchison East, and
- upgrading 54 level crossing between Seymour and Shepparton.
Bendigo Line Upgrade
- Signalling upgrades between Bendigo and Eaglehawk to enable Bendigo Metro Stage 2.
EOIs were due by 16 May. On 9 October 2019 Rail Projects Victoria announced three consortia had been shortlisted for two contracts under the package, with the Shepparton Corridor Upgrade Stage 2 split into a separate contract. Consortia shortlisted include:
Gippsland and Bendigo line contract
- VicConnect, comprising UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup, and
- CPB Contractors, John Holland, WSP and SMEC
Shepparton Line Upgrade Stage 2
- VicConnect, and
- a Coleman Rail KBR joint venture
The contracts are to be awarded in mid-2020, with construction to subsequently commence pending environmental and planning approvals. previously the Government envisaged construction to be completed in 2022.
Last reviewed: 05/11/2019
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The North East Rail Line connects Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga via 316 kilometres of track.
The North East Rail Line upgrade project will improve the performance of the line from an Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) freight standard to that of a 'Victorian Passenger Class 2' level allowing for faster and more reliable passenger service. Rail Projects Victoria is providing oversight on behalf of the Victorian Government through the Regional Rail Revival program.
The $235 million rail line upgrade project will include track grinding, drainage upgrades, track improvements at level crossings, bridge upgrades and new ballast along the entire line.
The ARTC secured full Federal Funding for the $235 million project in October 2018.
The ARTC called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the project in March 2019 with submissions closing in May 2019.
On 9 December 2019, John Holland were awarded the contract. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.
On 8 January 2020, Infrastructure Australia concluded its evaluation of the Upgrade, determining it wouldn't be added to IA's Infrastructure Priority List at this stage.
Last reviewed: 31/01/2020