The Victorian Government announced that two consortia have been shortlisted to deliver signalling works as part of the Bendigo and Echuca Line upgrade.
VicConnect comprises UGL Limited, Decmil and Arup, and the other consortium comprises CPB Contractors, John Holland, WSP and SMEC.
The contract envisages the delivery of a modernised signalling system between Epsom, Eaglehawk and Bendigo, to deliver Bendigo Metro 2, which provides for more frequent services within Greater Bendigo.
The construction is expected to begin in late 2020, with a target completion in 2021, subject to planning and environmental approvals.
“We’re getting on and delivering the infrastructure needed to run more trains more often between Epson, Eaglehawk and Bendigo,” said Jacinta Allan, the Minister for Transport.
To improve accessibility and comfort at Bendigo Station, a contractor will be appointed later this year to deliver works to improve accessibility and comfort in the station’s waiting room.
Using designs put together by Bendigo company e+ Architecture, the upgrades include lowering ticket counters to improve access for people with disability, improving the waiting and customer service areas, upgrading the toilets, and installing a new Changing Places facility.
The improvements to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations are part of the Labor Government’s AUD 15.8 million (USD 10.7 million) project to upgrade the stations to improve accessibility and comfort.
The Bendigo and Echuca Line upgrade project includes track upgrades to increase the maximum train speed on Epsom – Echuca section from 80km/h to 130km/h, signalling upgrades from Bendigo to Epsom and Eaglehawk and level crossing modifications between Epsom and Echuca.
The project is part of the AUD 1.75 billion (USD 1.9 billion) Regional Rail Revival which involves the upgrade of all seven regional passenger lines in Victoria.