The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) has announced the successful contractor to undertake the $551.7 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, with construction earmarked for early this year.
Lendlease together with partners Coleman Rail and SMEC were named as the preferred proponent for the project mid-last year and has been collaborating with the MMRA, V/Line and other stakeholders to develop the design and detailed construction planning since.
The project involves the design and construction of track duplications and passing loops, station upgrades at Rockbank, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree, a new train station at Toolern, train storage facilities, access roads and signalling upgrades
Craig Laslett, Lendlease CEO Engineering & Services said the company was proud to contribute its specialist rail capability to this critical infrastructure project.
“As one of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines, the Ballarat Line carries over 3 million passengers a year. This much-needed upgrade will deliver extra train services and refurbished train stations for growing communities, as well as futureproof the line for electrification to Melton,” he said.
Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will start in early 2018, with the project scheduled for completion by late 2019.