The Regional Rail Link made the most of the Easter long weekend, bringing Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project one step closer to completion.
With train services back up and running on the Ballarat, Bendigo and Sunbury lines, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed the progress made and thanked passengers for their patience during the works.
“The Regional Rail Link is a transformative project that will benefit generations of Victorians,” said Mr Albanese.
“More than 40,000 man hours of labour was carried out over four days, with hundreds of metres of new track laid, thousands of tonnes of soil removed and more than $14 million worth of works delivered.
“In that time they have strengthened 7 retaining walls, installed 12 pre-cast beams weighing 16 tonnes each, placed 1,700 tonnes of ballast, laid over 400 sleepers, and installed and tested new signalling along the corridor.”
The Federal Government is providing $3.225 billion towards this project.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder praised everyone involved in the rail closure for ensuring the maximum amount of work was carried out with minimum disruption to commuters and the community.
“Easter, which is a quieter time on the rail network, offered a great opportunity to get in there and carry out significant construction work with minimum inconvenience to the travelling public,” said Mr Mulder.
“The foundations and steel framework for a new pedestrian overpass at Sunshine railway station were also installed and significant works were carried out at Anderson Road, Sunshine to allow for the removal of two level crossings.
“I’d like to personally thank passengers affected by the rail closure for their patience and reiterate how important these works are in building a better transport system.”
“I’d like to commend the construction teams for making sure people along the corridor were aware of the size and nature of works, and Metro and V/Line for doing a great job making the temporary travel arrangements as easy as possible for their customers – hundreds of buses made more than 3,000 trips to move around 44,000 passengers.”
To show its appreciation the project teams distributed around 5,000 Easter eggs to Metro and V/Line customers on Sunday morning.