The multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link is rolling into full construction mode with the last of six contracts awarded today.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today joined Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder to announce the awarding of the final work package to Leighton-Downer Joint Venture. This $43 million contract will be to design and construct the West Werribee Junction work package.
The announcement was made at a sod turning ceremony on the Deer Park to West Werribee section of the project.
The Australian Government committed $3.2 billion to the Regional Rail Link through the Nation Building Program, with the Victorian Government providing the balance of funding.
Approximately 5600 people will be employed either directly or indirectly on this project.
Victoria's three largest regional cities, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat, will soon have their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system, improving the capacity and on time performance for metro and regional services.
By separating the regional and metropolitan lines we are also able to increase capacity for all commuters.
Today's site will be a key public transport hub for this growth area in the future.
The modern station building and pedestrian bridges will provide vital connections between the shopping, school and residential precincts.
By early 2016 this line will be moving more people, to more places, more often.
Upon completion there will be enough capacity for extra train services to move up to 9000 extra passengers across the network during peak times.
The project will see the first new railway line being constructed in Melbourne for 80 years.
This significant investment in Australia's transport networks will ensure everyone can have access to services, education and jobs.
Residents of this growing region will be able to catch a direct train to the Melbourne CBD and all the employment and educational opportunities within.