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Abigroup shortlisted for Regional Rail Link

14 January 2011

An Abigroup joint venture has been named as one of the consortiums in the short-list of potential builders to construct the passenger rail line between Deer Park and West Werribee, a component of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link in Victoria.

The list was announced by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese on 11 January in what he described as another major milestone in the delivery of what is the country's biggest public transport infrastructure project.

"Each of these joint ventures will now be invited to develop and submit fully costed proposals, with the final contract expected to be awarded to one of them in late 2011," said Mr Albanese.

"Once completed in 2014, the Regional Rail Link will become metropolitan Melbourne's first major new rail line in 80 years, providing capacity for up to 9,000 additional passengers during peak hour."

Abigroup’s General Manager Rail Greg Rush said, “The Regional Rail Link project represents an important element in the continued growth and development of the public transport network of Victoria.

“We understand the technical challenges and opportunities for the community associated with this major infrastructure project.

“Abigroup is committed to supporting the Regional Rail Link Authority in their important work and have assembled an expert team to participate with our joint venture partners in the next phase of this project.”

The Regional Rail Link is a jointly funded project, with the Australian Government contributing $3.2 billion and Victorian Government a further $1.1 billion.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the successful consortium will be required to lay 25 kilometres of new track separating Geelong trains from metropolitan trains and removing a major cause of congestion and delays.

"They will also be tasked with building new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit as well as a bridge over the Werribee River and grade separations including the Deer Park Bypass so as to avoid the need for any new level crossings," said Mr Mulder.

"The Regional Rail Link's Deer Park to West Werribee section will provide vital new train services to Melbourne's growing west along with improved capacity and reliability for Geelong services.”

Abigroup’s joint venture partner is Thiess.

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