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 Expressions of Interest (EOI) phase concluded, evaluation underway with bidders.
Maribyrnong River Bridge
Work to build a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River.
Incentivised Target Cost (ITC) Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage, inviting EOIs from pre-qualified contractors.
ViaductAllianceAdvanced Tender Notice (ATN) released, inviting contractors to pre-qualify for the next stage.
AirportAllianceAdvanced Tender Notice (ATN) released, inviting contractors to pre-qualify for the next stage.

Sunshine/Albion Package

An Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for the Sunshine/Albion Package concluded in July 2021.

This works 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.

Early Works Package

An Advanced Tender Notice (ATN) was issued for an Early Works Package for Melbourne Airport Rail in July 2021. This package of works progressed to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage in September 2021.

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.

Maribyrnong River Bridge Package

An Advanced Tender Notice was issued for the Maribyrnong River Bridge Package in August 2021. This package of works progressed to the Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage in September 2021.

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

An Advanced Tender Notice (ATN) was issued for the Viaduct Package in September 2021.

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

An Advanced Tender Notice (ATN) was issued for the Airport Package in September 2021.

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.

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.