The shortlisting of tenders for two significant packages of the Regional Rail Link has been finalised following an extensive evaluation process.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the shortlisting of potential builders for the Footscray to Sunshine and Train Control and Systems packages was another major milestone for Regional Rail Link, one of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects.
The shortlisted bidders for Work Package C: Footscray to Sunshine are:
- Synergy Rail (Abigroup, Coleman Rail, John Holland, AECOM and GHD)
- Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinkenhoff and SKM
The shortlisted bidders for Work Package G: Train Control and Systems are:
- Invensys Rail and John Holland
- UGL and Manidis Roberts
“These consortiums will now be invited to develop and submit fully costed proposals for the respective work packages, with the final contracts expected to be awarded in 2012,” Mr Mulder said.
“Once completed, the Regional Rail Link will become metropolitan Melbourne’s first major new rail line in 80 years, improving capacity and reliability for regional and metropolitan train services across the train network.”
Key features of Work Package C: Footscray to Sunshine include:
- Approximately 7.5 kilometres of two new dedicated tracks ‘at grade’ for Regional Rail Link services from Footscray to Sunshine.
- Redevelopment of West Footscray Station.
- Modifications to Footscray Station including two new platforms and escalators to all platforms.
- Modifications to Sunshine Station including construction of a new platform and modification to the existing platform, and the provision of a new pedestrian bridge to provide access to all the station platforms.
- Two new grade separations at Anderson Road, Sunshine.
Key features of Work Package G: Train Control and Systems include:
- Modification to existing train control systems and the creation of a new train control system for the Regional Rail Link corridor.
- Creation of a new generation computer based signalling system for the Regional Rail Link corridor.
- Installation of approximately 45 kilometres of fibre optic cable to support the new train control systems.
- Installation of new passenger information systems to new stations and upgrade of existing systems at existing stations that are being modified by the project.
The Regional Rail Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments with the Commonwealth contributing $3.2 billion.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the successful consortium for the Footscray to Sunshine package would make significant improvements to public transport in Melbourne’s west.
“This is a complex section of the Regional Rail Link project which will help transform Melbourne’s inner western suburbs by providing better public transport connections and services,” Mr Albanese said.
“Meanwhile, the Train Control and Systems package of works will lead the Victorian rail industry in the development of new standards and technology and provide significant opportunities for the professional development of graduate engineers and apprentices.”
Mr Mulder said the decision to go to market to find contractors to build the project follows a Government review of Regional Rail Link in light of significant budget pressures and the deferral of $500 million in Commonwealth Government funding.
“Funding and scheduling challenges still exist, but the Government will consult with industry and stakeholders about opportunities to optimise scope and achieve savings in order to address these issues.”