Joint Media Release
Terry Mulder Victorian Minister for Public Transport & Roads
In another step forward for the Regional Rail Link – currently the nation’s biggest public transport infrastructure project – three consortiums interested in delivering the West Werribee Junction section have been shortlisted.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder today announced the shortlisted consortiums are:
- Leighton-Downer Joint Venture (Leighton Contractors and Downer EDi Works);
- McConnell Dowell;
- FHJC Joint Venture (Fulton Hogan, John Holland and Coleman Rail).
Mr Albanese said the consortiums will now be invited to develop and submit fully costed proposals, with the final contract expected to be awarded in the second half of 2012.
“This is another significant work package which will be critical to the overall success of the project,” said Mr Albanese.
“In partnership with the Victorian Government, we are determined to make Melbourne as well as regional centres such as Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo even better places to live, work and raise a family, including by investing in new, modern passenger rail infrastructure.
“Without a doubt, the Regional Rail Link project ticks all the right boxes.
“We recognise the task of modernising and expanding the public transport infrastructure within and between our major cities is too big for any one level of government. That’s why we’ve already allocated more Federal funding to these types of projects than all our predecessors since Federation combined.”
The Regional Rail Link project is being jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian governments, with the former contributing $3.225 billion.
Mr Mulder said the successful contractor will be required to build a new two track bridge over the existing railway lines and Bulban Road – about six kilometres from Werribee – as well as realign Bulban Road to improve visibility and safety for motorists.
“West Werribee Junction will be an integral component of the Regional Rail Link, connecting the existing Melbourne-Geelong line to the new rail alignment through the Wyndham Vale and Tarneit growth areas to Deer Park and on to Southern Cross Station,” said Mr Mulder.
“Once fully built, the Regional Rail Link will separate metropolitan trains from regional services, providing additional capacity on the Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat lines as well as allowing more services to operate from Werribee, Sydenham and Craigieburn.”
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.