EOI’s open for Victorian rail upgrades

A consortium has been selected by Transport for NSW to deliver the $1.26 billion Regional Rail Project as a design, built, finance and maintain contract.Expressions of Interest are open to design and build the bulk of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, Shepparton Line Upgrade, and Bendigo Line Upgrade.

According to a Victoria Big Build spokesperson, packaging these projects together will allow the most capable and experienced construction companies in Victoria to compete for the multi-million-dollar package of works.

Planning and site investigations across the three lines are already well underway, with construction to begin as early as next year.

Construction on the Gippsland-Shepparton-Bendigo package of works is targeted for completion in 2022, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

Gippsland Line Upgrade

  • Building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford.
  • Station upgrades with second platforms at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations.
  • Track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry.
  • 1.5-kilometre extension of the Morwell crossing loop.
  • Level crossing detection upgrades between Pakenham and Traralgon.
  • Signalling upgrades.
  • Building a larger train stabling facility at or near Traralgon
  • Drainage structure upgrades along the line.

Shepparton Line Upgrade

  • Platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie stations.
  • Crossing loop extension near Murchison East.
  • Upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton.
  • New stabling to house VLocity trains.
  • Signalling and track upgrades to enable trains to travel at up to 130km/h.

Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade

  • Track upgrades to increase the maximum train speed between Epsom and Echuca from 80km/h to 130km/h.
  • Signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk.
  • Level crossing modifications between Epsom and Echuca.

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