The $22.5 million Road and Rail Minor Works Program involving upgrades to public transport across regional Victoria has been released to market.
Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan has released the contracts for the Victorian Government’s Road and Rail Minor Works Program to tender. The program worth $22.5 million will see public transport infrastructure upgrades across regional Victoria.
The contract will deliver works on train stations, additional car parks, improved cycling infrastructure, upgraded bus stops and coach interchanges. This kind of infrastructure works sounds to us like a lot of hire work for all the typical road works plant covering everything from skid steers to tippers, water carts, graders etc. We’re particularly excited because project managers who roll into town to fix these roads, typically don't have existing contacts for equipment. When they reach for their smartphones and use the internet to find plant – BOOM – iSeekplant saves the day again! Construction will take place in the following five regions across 25 cities and towns in Victoria:
Ms Allan commented on the project,
“This program will deliver the day-to-day upgrades that make a real difference – more parking at the local station, a secure place to lock your bike and better bus shelters so you’re not waiting in the rain.”
The Road and Rail Minor Works Program was funded in last year’s Victoria Budget. The program has come about after extensive consultation with local communities during the development of the Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP). The RNDP is Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for better regional public transport. It was released last year along with a $1.3 billion investment in the budget to kick-start initiatives in the plan.
The Road and Rail Minor Works Program contract will likely be awarded in April, with construction to kick off late 2017 and wrap up during December 2018. Local builders and contractors have been encouraged by Ms Allan to apply through the tender process. So if you're in regional Victoria – that's a solid year that your machines could be in use. Take a quick look at the live searches in this region already. Go to iSeekplant's homepage and view the map of recent searches. The construction worker icons represent the last 200 people on the website who ran a search for equipment. Click on the icons to see what they are searching for, at what time and where they need it.