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RRL - Work Package A

Written by Dene Macleod

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Project Overview

Victoria's Regional Rail Link project is designed to remove major rail congestion in Victoria's rail network by separating the metropolitan and regional tracks as they travel through Melbourne's West. This will also create opportunity for further expansion of the rail network in the future to meet the needs of Victoria's growing population. The project was broken down into various work packages.
Regional Rail Link Work Package A is a Design and Construction Joint Venture between Coleman Rail (40%), John Holland Rail (30%) & John Holland Civil (30%)
All projects works have been conducted in a 'live' brownfield rail environment affecting metropolitan, country and freight rail services, combined with road closures to enable construction of rail bridge and crash protection along Wurundjeri Way.

Project Scope

The scope includes:

  • 3.5km of new route track construction
  • 3km of track slews, signalling and overhead work
  • 18 turnout/crossover installations
  • 2 rail bridges over Dudley Street
  • a new pedestrian footbridge at North Melbourne
  • 6km of signal conduit installation
  • 2 platform upgrades

The overall tender program was 100 weeks. Separable Portion One contained 1 extension of time of 10 weeks to accommodate the additional scope as directed by the client.
Alterations to the pier strengthening at North Melbourne station have reduced the amount of occupations required to complete the work and the mix of soil nails and soil piles under Dudley Street condensed our construction time, reducing the length of closure to rail and road.
The overall program is scheduled to be delivered 9 weeks ahead of program with completion on track for March 2013.

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