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Friday, 8 June 2018


8th Jun 2018

TheAustralian and Victorian Government have today provided an update on theconstruction timeframes for the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival which willupgrade every regional rail line across Victoria.

DeputyPrime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormackand Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced workhas progressed on the unprecedented four-year program to upgrade every regionalrail line in Victoria.

MrMcCormack said this was another great step forward for regional passengers.

“Weheard from communities they wanted more certainty on timing of works on everyline and we are pleased to provide an update today on the program schedule. Welook forward to seeing the program benefits, which will deliver huge publictransport improvements for Victorian passengers, and deliver more than 1,000jobs during construction,” Mr McCormack said.

Theprogram includes $80 million to duplicate track and other upgrades around WaurnPonds Station complementing a future duplication from South Geelong to WaurnPonds. These works are part of the $160 million Geelong Line Upgrade, $30million of which will also support the corridor preservation for a future linkto Armstrong Creek.

Separately,the business case for the full duplication of the South Geelong to Waurn Pondscorridor has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia for assessmentfollowing the completion of the $4 million South Geelong to Waurn PondsPlanning Project.

MsAllan said this duplication would remove notorious bottlenecks in this sectionof track to enable trains to run more often and boost reliability.

“Whilethe business case for the full project is under assessment, we’re getting onwith work needed to start duplication at Waurn Ponds Station, to give passengerson regional Victoria’s busiest line the train services they deserve,” Ms Allansaid.

RegionalRail Revival will transform public transport for regional Victorians and thebenefits will begin to flow as early as later this year, with projects to beprogressively completed by 2022.

MsAllan said consultation with local communities will commence in the comingweeks, so locals can have their say.

“RailProjects Victoria will start consulting with communities over the coming weekson the projects they are overseeing, so locals can have their say including onpotential job opportunities on the projects,” Ms Allan said.

Targetcompletion dates for each of the projects being delivered by Rail ProjectsVictoria have been outlined, subject to planning and environmental approvals:

  • Ballarat Line Upgrade well underway, and will be completed by the end of 2019.
  • Warrnambool Line Upgrade by late 2020
  • Geelong Line Upgrade by late 2021
  • Gippsland Line Upgrade by late 2022, with the Avon River bridge replaced in early 2021
  • Bendigo Echuca Line Upgrade by early 2021

MrMcCormack said the North East Line Steering Committee met on Monday andprovided in-principle endorsement of the broad scope of works, which will nowundergo an independent peer review by Monash University.

“Aheadof the works commencing on the major upgrades, track resurfacing (‘tamping’)works taking place this month are also progressing well, with more than 50kilometres out of a total 84 kilometres of track to be tamped now complete,” MrMcCormack said.

“The$1 million of works, funded by ARTC, is targeting priority areas based onV/Line and ARTC track information. Production rates are ahead of schedule andalready providing improved V/Line passenger train performance.”

MsAllan said the planning and preparation for the major upgrade works isundergoing a thorough process to ensure it delivers Class 2 track performance,providing more comfortable, punctual and reliable services.

“Thesteering committee is working hard to ensure these works are completed as quickas possible to get the track up to the standard North East Line passengersdeserve.”

Ms Allan said great progress has already beenmade on the $1.7 billion Regional Rail Revival, which will improve thereliability of the regional

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