The preferred contractor has been announced for Victoria’s Gippsland Line Upgrade which includes delivering major works between Pakenham and Traralgon.
VicConnect, a consortium comprised of UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup, was announced as the preferred contractor for the project.
The scope of works for this project will include duplicating the track, extending the Morwell cropping loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling as well as building second platforms at three stations along the Gippsland Line and reactivating the second platform at Traralgon.
CIMIC Group’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Juan Santamaria commented on the project by saying, “we are pleased to build on our relationship with Rail Projects Victoria to deliver improved rail services on the Gippsland Line, benefitting the growing communities of Gippsland and creating jobs in the region.”
“UGL is a market leader in the delivery of rail and infrastructure across Australia, and we have a long history of providing rail services in Victoria. We look forward to improving the rail services on the Gippsland Line,” UGL Managing Director Doug Moss added.
Over the next few months, VicConnect will be commencing early works including site investigations, procurement, engineering and design.
Gippsland Line Upgrade works include:
- Building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford
- Second platforms and station amenity works at Bunyip, Longwarry, Morwell and Traralgon stations
- Track duplication between Bunyip and Longwarry
- Extension of Morwell crossing loop
- Level crossing upgrades
- Drainage structure upgrades along the line
- Building a larger train stabling facility near Traralgon
This project will also include the state’s first trial of solar-powered wireless level crossing detection technology at Farrells Lane in Stratford.
The Gippsland Line Upgrade will enable 40-minute off-peak train frequency between Traralgon and Melbourne as well as provide more reliable train services along the Gippsland Line.
This project is expected to create more than 400 jobs with Rail Projects Victoria by establishing a local project office in the Latrobe Valley.
These major rail upgrades are expected to be completed by late 2022.
Source: Media Release
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