The first major package of works for the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade project has been awarded to prepare the corridor for new high-capacity trains.
John Holland, CPB Contractors, AECOM and Metro Trains Melbourne won the $215 million package to extend platforms, increase accessibility and build new stabling at stations along the Sunbury line.
Site investigations for platform extensions and stabling works will begin in August, with major works to begin by the end of 2019.
The Sunbury Line Upgrade aims to extend platforms at each station on Melbourne’s Sunbury line, between Sunbury and Footscray, install wheelchair boarding platforms at eight station, and deliver traction power upgrades and improvements to train stabling at Sunbury, Calder Park and Watergardens.
Its goal is to allow a fleet of 65 new high-capacity metro trains to run through the entire corridor when the Metro Tunnel project is completed.
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The Metro Tunnel plans to connect the Cranbourne-Pakenham line and the Sunbury line to create space in the city loop for more services across the city.
High-capacity metro trains will be 20 per cent bigger than current trains running on the network and aim to reduce congestion and carry more passengers with each trip.
The Victorian Government expects the bigger trains, along with the Metro Tunnel, to enable an additional 113,000 peak hour passengers on the Sunbury line every week and reduce journey times by up to 40 minutes a day.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister, Jacinta Allan, said the work will start within weeks on the Sunbury Line.
“We’re not wasting a moment delivering these vital upgrades, which will pave the way for new, high-capacity trains on the Sunbury line,” Allan said.
“Sunbury passengers will be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the Metro Tunnel and new high-capacity trains – and this project is a critical part of delivering those benefits.”