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John Holland scoops Regional Rail Link alliance contract

This is the second last contract to be awarded for the multi-billion dollar project and covers track works between the City (Southern Cross Station) and the Maribyrnong River.

The project will be delivered under an alliance contract, with construction partners Abigroup and Coleman Rail and design partners AECOM and GHD. John Holland will join with the Regional Rail Link Authority, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and V/Line to design and construct a key section of the first major new rail line for metropolitan Melbourne in 80 years.

The Regional Rail Link project will separate regional trains from metropolitan trains in the Melbourne train network for the first time. Under this contract, the alliance will construct a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River, as well as two new regional railway tracks to separate city bound and regional trains. The scope of works also includes track reconfiguration and upgrades to the North Melbourne rail-over-rail flyover.

The scope of works include:

  • Construction of a new 1km rail overpass over the Maribyrnong River area
  • A rail-over-rail flyover between the Maribyrnong River and Hopkins Street
  • 4.5km of of new tracks to separate metropolitan and regional trains within Melbourne’s busiest rail junction
  • Extensive track reconfiguration and major upgrades to the existing North Melbourne rail-over-rail flyover which will be used to access platforms 1-8 at Southern Cross Station
  • Major bridge modifications at Dynon Road, Moonee Ponds Creek, Lloyd Street and Dudley Street
  • A new twin track rail bridge over Dudley Street in West Melbourne

John Holland general manager rail Australia Richard Stewart said the contract provides the opportunity for the company to build on its existing relationships with the Victorian Department Transport, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Regional Rail Link Authority.

“Our existing relationships with the coordinating authorities and the network controller will assist with a smooth transition toward project delivery and the development of a program of works that will minimise disruption and accelerate the safe delivery of the project’s major components,” Stewart said.

“The award reflects the engineering solution developed by the alliance team and commitment to working closely together toward the delivery of a world-class piece of rail infrastructure.”

Construction will start in mid-2012, with completion expected by 2016.

The announcement follows the three contracts awarded in December last year for signalling and design and construction works between Footscray and Werribee. These are:

  • Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff and SKM, the consortium tasked with laying 7.5km of new track between Footscray and Deer Park as well as building a new station at West Footscray and upgrading the existing stations at Footscray, Sunshine and Tottenham.
  • Baulderstone/ Leighton Joint Venture which will lay 25km of new track
    between Deer Park and West Werribee as well as build new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit.
  • UGL and Manidis Roberts, the consortium which will install the fibre
    optics network that will support the train control systems, the signals along the corridor and provide information to the passengers waiting at the new and upgraded stations.

The Regional Rail Link project is being built with $3.2bn in funding from the Federal Government and the Victorian Government contributing the balance.

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