John Holland prepares to power up Melbourne rail

John Holland will complete major track and power upgrades to link the future Metro Tunnel with Melbourne’s new fleet of high capacity trains, as part of a consortium delivering the $534 million second stage of the Sunbury Line Upgrade.

Work begins next month as part of a $2.1 billion project to unlock the capacity of Melbourne’s rail network to support High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) travelling through the Metro Tunnel. Upgrades on existing lines include overhead electrification works between Sunbury and South Kensington and at South Yarra. The project also includes signalling power upgrades and additional infrastructure at Calder Park sidings.

“We are delighted to be working on this important project to make sure the Metro Tunnel reaches its full potential,” John Holland CEO Joe Barr said.

“John Holland is in the thick of delivering Victoria’s largest ever infrastructure project – the Metro Tunnel – and we embrace the challenge of completing these additional works to help transform Melbourne’s rail network.

“Our work on this project will also help upskill the industry, as we create up to 30 full time positions for engineering cadets, trainees, apprentices and priority jobseekers and provide additional opportunities for social enterprises and local subcontractors.”

John Holland is already working on the first stage of the Sunbury Line Upgrade, which involves platform extensions and track upgrades along the Sunbury corridor to accommodate new High Capacity Metro Trains.

The consortium will seek Development Plan approval for works at Calder Park sidings.