Capital improvements to rail infrastructure: a Victorian perspective

There has been significant investment in capital upgrades in rail and tram infrastructure in Victoria in recent years. This has occurred in an environment of mature 'Design and Construct' contracting for roads spanning two decades and both public and private funding modes. But the same maturity in contracting has not been evident in rail. The success of rail projects has been patchy. Some projects have gone extraordinarily well and others have run late and suffered from costs over-runs. What is it that makes the rail environment and rail projects different? What are the lessons to be drawn from the Victorian experience? In this paper, the authors reflect on their direct experience as planners, documenters, designers and reviewers of a number of the recent projects and test their observations against the current and recent experience on other important rail projects recently completed or underway in Victoria. They reflect on the impact of the institutional framework, the safety imperative and skills in the construction industry. The conclusions are of relevance to those contemplating major capital upgrades of existing rail networks, both rail and tram.

Media Info

  • Pagination: pp. 281-287
  • Monograph Title: Rail achieving growth: CORE 2006: conference on railway engineering, 30 April-3 May 2006, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:11PM