Preferred proponent for Ballarat rail line upgrade
ACCIONA Geotech subsidiary Coleman Rail has been selected as the single preferred proponent for the Final Proposal Phase to upgrade Victoria’s Ballarat Rail Line, in combination with joint venture partner Lendlease. The consortium’s selection represents the first success for ACCIONA Geotech following ACCIONA’s recent investment in the Geotech Group to create a significant player in Australia’s transport infrastructure sector.
Under the Ballarat Line Upgrade project for the Victorian Government, the Ballarat line to Melton will be duplicated, increasing the frequency of much-needed services for the Ballarat region and the growing population of Melbourne’s outer west. The 2016-17 State Budget provided $518 million in funding for the project.
Bede Noonan, ACCIONA Geotech’s Managing Director, said: “We’re very proud that this important project is the first success for ACCIONA Geotech. It represents a solid foundation for a new force in Australian infrastructure – a company bringing together wide-ranging international skills with decades of unique local experience.”
“We’re also pleased to have been selected for this project in our own backyard. Geotech and Coleman have strong Melbourne roots, and we know how vital infrastructure investment is for our community and our state.”
Major construction will commence in early 2018 and is scheduled for completion by late 2019. The work to be carried out for the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority includes duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton, a new carpark at Rockbank Station, new platforms and stabling facilities, two new passing loops and various level crossing removals to improve safety for motorists and the local community.
Coleman Rail is a construction contractor specialising in metro, freight, heavy haul and light rail infrastructure. The company has specialist design and construction expertise covering almost all of the individual components that collectively make up a network’s fixed rail infrastructure.