A local contractor has been awarded work in the planning phase of the $95 million Gippsland Line Upgrade in Victoria.

Preparatory works for the new rail bridge over the Avon River are now underway, with OnePlan Land Development Group awarded the contract to undertake cadastral surveying at the Avon River site from mid to late October 2018.

The survey will determine where the existing property boundaries are around the bridge site, and is a vital part of the planning process.

The Gippsland Line Upgrade is now a program participant with GROW Gippsland to maximise local and social employment and procurement opportunities.

The $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and create hundreds of jobs.

Work to select a contractor to build the new rail bridge is also well advanced, with the Request For Proposal (RFP) phase for shortlisted contractors opening on Friday 12 October 2018.

RPV has shortlisted three contractors – Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors and a Joint Venture between Coleman Rail and Decmil Southern – all of which will provide detailed proposals on how they plan to deliver the bridge.

These proposals are due early 2019 and, following an evaluation period, RPV will award the design and construct contract mid-2019.

Construction on the bridge is targeted to begin in late 2019, with a target completion date of early 2021, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said, “The new rail bridge over Avon River is a vital part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade that will deliver new trains and boost services to Gippsland.”

The Gippsland Line Upgrade is part of the joint funded $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program.

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