VINCI is awarded the Port Rail Transformation Project in Melbourne

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Port Rail Transformation Project Awarded

VINCI is awarded the Port Rail Transformation Project in Melbourne

Seymour Whyte, a VINCI Construction subsidiary based in Australia, has been selected for a design and build rail and pavement upgrade contract of the Port of Melbourne, Australia’s largest container and general cargo port, handling more than one-third of the nation’s container trade.

This early contractor involvement (ECI) project, worth 125 million AUD (€77 million), will allow more containers to move by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne. In addition, to increase existing terminal capacity, it includes a new rail terminal construction.

Works will take place from October 2021 to 2023.

Seymour Whyte will also implement environmental initiatives:

  • A water treatment system to treat contaminated ground water
  • All asphalt and concrete being recycled
  • Assessment of the reuse of approximately 33,000m3 of soil on-site to reduce the amount of new material used on-site
  • Demolition works anticipated to achieve an 80%+ recycle rate


Read the Media Release here.

Monday 27th September – Media Release


Port Rail Transformation Project

The Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) will see more containers moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne. The project will increase rail terminal capacity and improve rail terminal operations.

Key elements

  1. Changes to rail land and asset commercial arrangements

Integrated Port of Melbourne provision of port rail land and assets – Port of Melbourne is restructuring the port rail land and asset commercial arrangements for leaseholders within the Swanson Dock East Precinct to provide rail land and assets on the same basis it provides wharf and road land and assets.

  1. Changes to all rail operations

Improved rail terminal operation arrangements and transparency – new working arrangements between Port of Melbourne and Rail Terminal Operators at most current and all future port rail terminals.

  1. New rail infrastrucutre
  • A new Coode Road rail terminal interfacing with the Swanson Dock East International Container Terminal.  The rail terminal will include two new rail sidings each that can handle 600 metre long trains.
  • A new road to facilitate the uninterrupted movement of containers. The new road will provide a continued East/West connection within the Swanson Dock Precinct without trucks needing to exit to Footscray Road replacing the section of Coode Road which will be closed for the construction of the above rail terminal.
  • Modifications to the Swanson precinct common user sidings to accommodate 600 metre long trains.
  • A new track linking the Swanson and Appleton lead tracks to allow additional flexibility for trains to move within the port precinct.
  • Upgrades to the Swanson lead track.

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