Alongside ongoing planning work and consultation, Melbourne Airport Rail will be procured and delivered through a number of works packages to integrate the new line into the rail network.

The procurement process will continue for several years as individual works packages progress and contracts are progressively awarded.

Works package Procurement modelStatus
Early Works (line-wide)
Utility relocation and protection works along the Melbourne Airport Rail route.
Managing Contractor Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, with pre-qualified contractors invited to tender for the works.
Sunshine/Albion
Works around Sunshine and Albion, including station works and a less-than-2km twin-track flyover.



Alliance
Request for Proposal (RFP) stage underway.
Rail Systems
Work to build and integrate high-capacity signalling, power and communications infrastructure along the route.
Package to be combined with Sunshine/Albion, delivered by the same eventual Alliance.
Maribyrnong River Bridge
Work to build a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River.
Incentivised Target Cost (ITC) Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage concluded, evaluation underway with bidders.

Viaduct
Work to build a new rail bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80), continuing into an elevated viaduct along Airport Drive.

AllianceExpressions of Interest (EOI) stage, inviting EOIs from pre-qualified contractors.
Airport
Work to build a new station at Melbourne Airport and other rail infrastructure in the immediate surrounds.
AllianceExpressions of Interest (EOI) stage, inviting EOIs from pre-qualified contractors.
Corridor
Works to build new tracks and infrastructure along the Albion-Jacana corridor (excluding Maribyrnong River Bridge).
Alliance

Not yet released to market.

Early Works Package

The Early Works Package includes important utility relocation and protection works that will clear the way to build the new infrastructure needed to support airport services, making it easier to deliver the other works packages.

Sunshine/Albion Package & Rail Systems Package

The Sunshine/Albion Package comprises works around the Sunshine and Albion area which will almost double the size of Sunshine Station, build a section of elevated rail between Sunshine and the Albion-Jacana corridor, and deliver improvements around Albion Station.

The Rail Systems Package provides several key pieces of technology along the overall Melbourne Airport Rail route. This includes substations to power the route and signalling, communications and rail control systems for high-capacity trains.

Maribyrnong River Bridge Package

The Maribyrnong River Bridge Package surrounds the construction of a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River, complementing the existing heritage-listed rail bridge built in the 1920s.

The modern design of the new bridge uses slender piers and wide pier spacings to minimise its visual impact, better preserving the structure, sight lines and history of the existing bridge.

Viaduct Package

The Viaduct Package comprises construction of new elevated twin track and associated infrastructure between the existing Albion-Jacana corridor and just outside of Melbourne Airport, including a new rail bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80). Detailed planning and design work is ongoing to refine concept designs in this area.

Airport Package

The Airport Package comprises construction of the new Airport Station and associated infrastructure in the immediate surrounds, which is on Commonwealth-owned land. Detailed planning and design work is ongoing to refine concept designs in this area.

Corridor Package

The Corridor Package comprises works to build new tracks and infrastructure along the existing Albion-Jacana corridor, excluding the new Maribyrnong River Bridge (delivered under a separate package of works).

ICN Gateway company registration

Local suppliers and contractors that would not be part of a consortia directly tendering for Melbourne Airport Rail can continue to register their details on the ICN Gateway and these details can then be passed on to potential tendering organisations after the procurement process for Melbourne Airport Rail has commenced.