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GROWing local jobs in Gippsland

Posted: 15 Oct 2018

The first of many local contracts on the Gippsland Line Upgrade was awarded last week.

OnePlan Land Development Group, which has offices in Bairnsdale and Beaconsfield, will begin cadastral surveying at the Avon River site this week, and complete the work over the next two weeks.

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

GROW Gippsland has been established to create local jobs and economic benefit for the region by encouraging businesses to use local products and services.

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 last Friday.

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) has shortlisted three contractors – Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors and a Joint Venture between Coleman Rail and Decmil Southern - who will provide detailed proposals on how they plan to deliver the bridge.

These proposals are due early next year 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.

The new bridge will remove the existing 10km/h speed restriction in this section of track.

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