Last major works package awarded for Victoria's Regional Rail Link project

THE Australian Government last week joined the Victorian Government to announce the awarding of the last of six major packages of work for Victoria's Regional Rail Link project.

The $43 million contract to design and construct the West Werribee Junction was awarded to Leighton-Downer Joint Venture.

The Australian Government has committed $3.2 billion to the Regional Rail Link through the Nation Building Program, with the Victorian Government providing the balance of funding.

Last month, a $570 million construction contract for track works between Melbourne's Southern Cross Station and the Maribyrnong River was awarded to a consortium including John Holland, Abigroup, Coleman Rail, AECOM and GHD.

With completion expected in 2016, the Regional Rail Link will separate regional trains from metropolitan trains through a new rail line running from West Werribee through Deer Park and suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.

The Regional Rail Link will, for the first time, provide Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains with their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.

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