Government of Victoria names consortium to build Ballarat Line upgrade
The Government of Victoria, Australia, has chosen a consortium consisting of Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC to build the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, following a competitive evaluation process.
The half-a-billion upgrade will duplicate 18km of track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification to Melton.
The project will also deliver extra passing loops, new train stabling, better stations, and more car parking, and relocate stabling at Bacchus Marsh station to Maddingley. These upgrades will enable more trains, more often for passengers in Melbourne’s west and right along the Ballarat line, including trains every 40 minutes off-peak.
The project will create up to 400 jobs during construction – part of the more than 1,000 jobs the Regional Rail Revival program will create across the state.
Since February, more than 200 site investigations have been conducted and nearly 90 boreholes have been dug to understand ground conditions along the Ballarat corridor, and inform design and construction of the project.
Extensive community consultation has also been undertaken, including meetings with councils and landowners, an online survey completed by more than 150 people and engagement with more than 2,000 local passengers.
A final proposal will now be developed, with a contract due to be awarded later in 2017. Major construction is expected to start in early 2018.
Premier Daniel Andrews commented: “We’re not wasting a moment upgrading the Ballarat line, and every regional passenger line in Victoria. We’re getting on with building the projects that regional Victorians need.”
“The Regional Rail Revival starts right here – upgrading tracks, stations and services for regional passengers. We’re delivering more frequent and reliable services for growing communities between Melbourne and Ballarat, and creating hundreds of local jobs,” stated Jaala Pulford, Acting Minister for Public Transport.