Major Contract

Warrnambool Line Upgrade

Under Procurement
Warrnambool Line Upgrade

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will allow for a fifth weekday return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne. The upgrade will also see modern VLocit trains introduced on the line. The project is being delivered in two stages.

The $252 million Stage One includes:

  • a new crossing loop at Boorcan 
  • twelve level crossing upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool
  • signalling upgrades, and
  • upgrades to Warun Ponds Station.

The $260 million Stage Two will deliver further upgrades to the Warrnambool Rail Line that will complement the works undertaken during Stage One. 

Upgrades in Stage Two includes track works to improve the ride quality, reliability and resilience of the line for passenger and freight rail services.

These works will also assist with the introduction of modern VLocity-class trains onto the Warrnambool Rail Line and maximise the benefits of the new trains for passengers.

Key Dates

Jan 2020 Contract Award - Stage One
Sep 2020 Construction Commencement - Stage One
Sep 2022 EOIs Open - Stage Two
Oct 2022 EOIs Close - Stage Two
Oct 2022 RFT Open - Stage Two
Nov 2022 RFT Close - Stage Two
Nov 2022 Expected Contract Award - Stage Two
Dec 2022 Expected Construction Completion - Stage One
Dec 2022 Expected Construction Completion - Stage Two
Dec 2022 Expected Construction Commencement - Stage Two

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government


Procuring Agency: VicTrack
Successful Tenderer: Stage One - Downer
Procurement note:

The project delivery has been divided between two stages. See Related contracts below for Stage One successful bidder.

Related contracts:
Stage One Main Works
Successful Tenderer - Downer


Jan 2020 Downer was awarded the main works contract for Stage One of the project, with construction beginning in September 2020.
Oct 2020 In 2020-21 Budget, Federal Government allocated $208 million in funding for the project.
Nov 2020 In its 2020-21 Budget, the Victorian Government allocated $260 million towards the project. This funding includes $208 million provided by the Federal Government and will be expended within the forward estimates and beyond.
Sep 2022 VicTrack called for Expressions of Interest for an Early Contractor Involvement for Stage Two, closing on 8 October.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Victoria | National |
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Warrnambool Line Upgrade