THE Australian and Victorian governments have formally announced the start of works on the 4.5 kilometre City to Maribyrnong River section of the Regional Rail Link (RRL) project.
Federal Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon last week joined Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder in Footscray to turn the first sod on the package of works.
An alliance of the Regional Rail Link Authority, Metro, V/Line, John Holland, Abigroup, Coleman Rail, AECOM and GHD are working together to deliver this section of the project.
"The city to Maribyrnong River section will untangle the rail network as trains approach the city, allowing thousands more passengers to travel every day on more reliable trains," Mr Mulder said.
The Regional Rail Link will separate regional trains from metropolitan trains with a new rail line running from West Werribee through Deer Park and suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.
The project is being delivered in six major packages of work and is expected to be complete in 2016. The Australian Government has committed $3.2 billion to the project, with the Victorian Government providing the balance of funding.
The six packages are: Southern Cross; City to Maribyrnong River; Footscray to Deer Park; Deer Park to West Werribee Junction; West Werribee Junction; and Rail Systems.
Last month, construction formally commenced on the 7.5 kilometre Footscray to Deer Park section of the project and works are expected to begin on the Deer Park to West Werribee section later this year.