While the Andrews Government seems unable to find money to finish the botched Murray Basin Rail Project they have had no trouble funding a new project for Sunbury.
Andrews has walked away from Rural and Regional Victoria in prefence to a vote bolstering project in Sunbury. Work will start within weeks on the Andrews Labor Government’s massive upgrade of the Sunbury line to prepare the corridor for new high-capacity trains when the Metro Tunnel is built.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan announced today that John Holland, CPB Contractors, AECOM and Metro Trains Melbourne have been awarded the contract for the first package of works on the $2.1 billion project.
The $215 million package will extend platforms, boost accessibility and build new stabling at stations along the Sunbury line.
Site investigations for the platform extensions and stabling upgrades will start later this month, with major works on the platform extensions and stabling to begin by the end of the year.
The Sunbury Line Upgrade was funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19. It will deliver platform extensions at every station between Sunbury and Footscray, wheelchair boarding platforms at eight stations, traction power upgrades and improvements to train stabling at Sunbury, Calder Park and Watergardens.
The project will pave the way for the Labor Governments fleet of 65 new high-capacity metro trains (HCMTs) to run all the way to Sunbury when the Metro Tunnel is finished in 2025.
The Metro Tunnel will connect the Cranbourne-Pakenham line and the Sunbury line, creating space in the city loop for more services across Melbourne.
The HCMTs will be 20 per cent bigger than current trains on the metropolitan network, reducing congestion and carrying more passengers with every trip.
The bigger trains, coupled with the Metro Tunnel, will enable an extra 113,000 peak hour passengers on the Sunbury line each week and slash their journey times by up to 40 minutes a day.
For more information on the biggest investment in transport infrastructure in Victoria’s history, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.