The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (VIC) is seeking proposals for the fully Victorian Government-funded Ballarat Line Upgrade. This project was awarded $518 million of funding in the 2016/2017 budget to address existing operational and capacity constraints on the Ballarat rail line, as well as forecasted growth in demand.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) has been chosen by the Minister for Public Transport as the procurement and delivery body for the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade is a critical, high profile infrastructure project that will enable additional services to cater for growing patronage and improve the punctuality and reliability of services on the Ballarat Line. More broadly, the project will also help to support population and economic growth in the Ballarat region and Melbourne’s outer north west, one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

The scope will include design and construction of track duplications and passing loops, new platforms and associated station improvements and infrastructure, construction of stabling roads and signalling upgrades.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade will be procured and delivered as a single works package under an alliance delivery model.

V/Line will continue to operate the rail services on the infrastructure delivered by the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to:

  • Provide information to pre-qualified parties about the Ballarat Line and the Ballarat Line upgrade
  • Outline the selection process and proposed timetable for the Ballarat Line upgrade
  • Invite pre-qualified parties to submit an initial proposal
  • Set out the initial proposal evaluation criteria and information requirements against which MMRA will evaluate each initial proposal to select the preferred proponent.

In response to this RFP, MMRA is seeking high quality initial proposals, including an initial target outturn cost that provides value for money, such that a single preferred proponent can be selected to participate in the final proposal phase.

Submissions to tender close 1 May 2017.

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