NEW rail lines in Sydney and Melbourne, a new road tunnel in Brisbane and a major civic and cultural precinct in Perth are some of the big projects due to open in 2015 – at a combined cost of almost $8 billion.
South West Rail Link, Sydney ($1.8 billion) – opening February 2015
The South West Rail Link includes a new twin track passenger rail line from Glenfield to Leppington via Edmondson Park and a major upgrade of Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange.
Major construction work on the $1.8 billion project was completed in September last year and revenue services are due to begin in February – approximately one year ahead of schedule and $300 million under the original budget of $2.1 billion.
Key features of the project include:
- A new 11.4-kilometre rail line from Glenfield to Leppington;
- Two new stations located at Edmondson Park and Leppington;
- A train stabling facility at Rossmore;
- An upgrade of the existing Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange; and
- Construction of Glenfield North and Glenfield South rail flyovers.
John Holland was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the new rail line in December 2010.
Regional Rail Link, Melbourne ($4.1 billion) – opening April 2015
The Regional Rail Link aims to remove major bottlenecks in Victoria's rail network by separating regional trains from metropolitan trains with new dedicated regional tracks from West Werribee Junction to Deer Park and then along the existing rail corridor from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station.
The project has been jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments with a budget of $4.102 billion, which includes $202 million to be used to deliver the Main Road, St Albans level crossing removal.
Key features of the project include:
- Construction of new track from west of Werribee to Deer Park;
- Construction of new tracks from Sunshine to Southern Cross Station;
- Two new platforms at Southern Cross Station;
- A new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River;
- New railway stations for Wyndham Vale and Tarneit;
- A new railway station at West Footscray;
- A major upgrade to Footscray railway station and a rebuilt Sunshine railway station;
- Improvements to the entrance and forecourt at Tottenham railway station; and
- The removal of two level crossings at Anderson Road, Sunshine.
Train services are scheduled to progressively commence on the Regional Rail Link line from April 2015.
Elizabeth Quay, Perth ($440 million, public component) – opening by Spring 2015
The Elizabeth Quay project aims to reconnect the Swan River with Perth's CBD through the mixed-use redevelopment of 10 hectares of riverfront land between Barrack and William streets. The State Government is spending $440 million on the construction of an inlet, roads and services, public domain and the creation of development sites.
In the longer term, it is anticipated that the precinct will attract more than $2 billion of private sector investment and feature around 800 apartments, 400 hotel rooms, 200,000 square metres of commercial space and 25,000 square metres of retail space.
Among the components due to be completed in 2015 are the Barrack Street Jetty (early 2015), Station Park, The Inlet, The Island and The Promenade (all scheduled to open in Spring 2015).
Legacy Way, Brisbane ($1.5 billion) – opening early 2015
Legacy Way is Brisbane City Council's 4.6-kilometre road tunnel that will connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass (ICB) at Kelvin Grove.
It is the fourth of five projects in Brisbane City Council's TransApex plan, designed to reduce congestion and increase connectivity on Brisbane's road network (the other projects include the Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7), Go Between Bridge and Airport Link, all of which have been completed, and the proposed East-West Link Tunnel between the Western Freeway at Toowong and the Pacific Motorway at Buranda).
The $1.5 billion Legacy Way project is being delivered by the Transcity consortium under a Design, Construct, Maintain and Operate model, whereby Brisbane City Council owns and operates the tunnel. Toll prices are due to be announced closer to the opening date.
The consortium comprises Brisbane-based BMD Constructions, Italian tunnelling company Ghella and Spanish tunnelling and civil infrastructure company, Acciona Infrastructures.