Contractor selected for Shepparton Line Stage 2 upgrades

The Victorian government has announced the successful contractor for Stage 2 of the Shepparton Line Upgrade.

A Coleman Rail and KBR joint venture has won the contract, which includes infrastructure upgrades to allow VLocity trains to run on the line, replacing locomotive hauled N-type carriages.

The project involves the extension of platforms at Mooroopna, Murchinson East and Nagambie stations to enable the VLocity trains to stop there. A new stabling facility north of Shepparton Station will also be built.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the project will improve services for communities along the line.

“The Shepparton Line is a vitally important part of our regional train network, which is why the Victorian government has invested $356 million in the first two stages of this major upgrade,” she said.

“It will give Shepparton passengers the modern and reliable trains they’ve been calling for and provide more services more often.”

Other works included in the contract include upgrades to 59 level crossings between Donnybrook and Shepparton. The crossing loop near Murchinson East will be extended to enable trains to pass each other.

Since Stage 1 was completed, an extra 10 services a week have run on the line. Stage 2 is expected to be completed in 2022.

Stage 2 also includes a business to finalise the cope and cost of delivering nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne

Once Stage 2 is completed, a further stage will include upgrades to allow trains to travel at up to 130 km/h and further signalling upgrades to enable the extra return services to Melbourne.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the upgrade would not only benefit passengers.

“This upgrade is giving Shepparton residents access to modern transport infrastructure and making it easier than ever to enjoy the comfort of travelling by train.”

“Drivers will also see the benefits of the level crossing upgrades, which will make crossing the line much safer for motorists.”

Contracts awarded for Bayswater Station and level crossing removal

Two contracts have been awarded for major works as part of the Metronet project in Western Australia.

Evolve Bayswater Alliance (Coleman Rail) won the $253 million design and build contract for the new Bayswater Station, with contributing partner Decmil. Coleman Rail was announced as the preferred proponent in April, 2020.

Downer EDI won the Denny Avenue level crossing removal contract after being selected as the preferred proponent in February.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that the works will stimulate the state’s economy.

“The Metronet Bayswater Station upgrade and Denny Avenue level crossing removal projects, combined with construction of other nearby major projects like the Tonkin Gap and Morley-Ellenbrook Line, will help support the WA economy through some tough times ahead.”

The Bayswater Station contract involves the construction of a new four-platform station, along with track, signalling, civil, drainage, and overhead line works. The contract also covers a new rail turnback for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, a bridge at King William Street/Coode Street, and the support of a connection to the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

Bayswater station will be a lynchpin in the new Metronet network, connecting the Midland Line to the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. Early works are already underway.

“When complete, the new Metronet Bayswater Station will transform Bayswater into a major transport hub servicing the Midland Line, Forrestfield-Airport Link and Morley-Ellenbrook Line, and a new station is integral to this,” said Saffioti.

Downer EDI will replace the Denny Avenue level crossing with a rail-over-road underpass at Davis Road. Civil works to revitalise the Kelmscott town centre are also part of the project, which involves tree planting and landscaping works.

Denny Avenue is the first of a projected eight level crossing removals that will form part of the Metronet project. Geotechnical works, demolition, and tree removal has already gotten underway.

“This year alone we have six Metronet projects underway, creating thousands of local jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses,” said Saffioti.