Major Contract

Warrnambool Line Upgrade

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 Stage One Contract Award
Sep 2020 Construction Commencement for Stage One
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Completion (Stage One)

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government


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.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Unconfirmed |
Victoria | National |
Project pages
Warrnambool Line Upgrade