Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has announced that the government is inviting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for a multi-million-dollar contract that will manage the design and construction of the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrade projects.
The two upgrades are part of the much larger Regional Rail Revival initiative, which will augment rail corridors and provide faster and more reliable rail services.
“We’re strongly encouraging business, including those in the Geelong and south west regions, to register their interest in carrying out the work,” said Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
“The design and construction work for the upgrades will provide a great opportunity for local contractors and suppliers to get involved, bringing wider benefits for Geelong and south west Victoria.”
The upgrades will see the addition of a new pedestrian link, a second platform and additional track at Waurn Ponds Station, and allow for a fifth daily return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne.
Project planning and site analysis for the Warrnambool Line Upgrade is already underway, with actual construction due to begin by the end of 2019. Officials are anticipating a late-2020 completion date.
The Geelong Line Upgrade will see construction start by 2020, with completion by 2021.
“A new crossing loop on the line will make it easier for trains to pass each other, helping services recover more quickly from unexpected delays, and signalling upgrades will help boost reliability,” said Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan.
“Upgrades to level crossings along the line will make crossings safer for motorists and train passengers. Work on these is being undertaken by V/Line and is already under way.”
Source: Victorian Government