|2012 - March - Chadwick - The Regional Rail Link project – new tracks and systems separating regional and suburban trains in Melbourne|
Marcus Chadwick BE, Dip Bus Mgt, MIRSE, MAIPM
Principal Signals and Systems Engineer Opus Rail
The Regional Rail Link (RRL) project is a rail infrastructure project providing a new rail line from the outer western suburbs of Melbourne to the city.
The project separates regional trains from metropolitan trains – for the first time giving Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat trains their own dedicated tracks through the metropolitan system from West of Werribee (Geelong trains) and from Sunshine (Ballarat and Bendigo trains) to Southern Cross station.
These new arrangements will increase train capacity and reliability for both regional and metropolitan services.
RRL is Victoria's largest rail infrastructure project since the construction of the City Loop in the 1970s and will deliver Victoria's first new rail line in over 80 years.
The project is approaching the end of its development and procurement phases and delivery is underway in some areas. This paper provides a general description of the scope of the project, the methods adopted for delivery and some of the detail arising from the development and procurement activities.