Lendlease and its Alliance partners, have signed a contract with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to deliver the $551.7 million Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Lendlease was named as preferred proponent with partners Coleman Rail and SMEC in July 2017, and has been working in collaboration with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, V/Line, and other stakeholders to begin developing the design and detailed construction planning.

The project involves the design and construction of track duplications and passing loops, station upgrades at Rockbank, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree, a new train station at Toolern, train storage facilities, access roads and signalling upgrades.

Engineering and Services CEO, Craig Laslett, said the company was proud to contribute its specialist rail capability to this critical infrastructure project.

“As one of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines, the Ballarat Line carries over three million passengers a year. This much-needed upgrade will deliver extra train services and refurbished train stations for growing communities, as well as futureproof the line for electrification to Melton,” Mr Laslett said.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade joins Lendlease’s growing portfolio of major infrastructure projects in Victoria including CityLink Tulla Widening, Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project, Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Major construction on the Ballarat Line upgrade will start in early 2018.

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