John Holland et al selected
as preferred bidders for the Rail Infrastructure Alliance package (tunnel portals etc). One thing this does demonstrate is that the whole "multiple work packages" business is a bit of a furphy - JH won the Early Works, so they were obviously at a cost advantage for the Tunnel and Stations because they already had plant and contractors in situ, and now they win the RIA for the same reasons, and because it doesn't take a rocket scientist to establish that one company can connect a tunnel to a train line for less than two companies doing the same job!
The press release also makes mention of vague "works on train lines out in the suburbs" which presumably includes the platform extensions along the Sunbury line, the West Footscray turnback and modifications to stabling at Watergardens, Calder Park and Sunbury.
edit: Although the current website does not mention these, the following suburban works were also proposed in the business case as part of the scope of works:
- Essendon turnback
- Gowrie turnback
- Carrum stabling reconfiguration
- Cheltenham turnback (not quite sure what this is getting at - doesn't it already exist? Vicsig noted there hadn't been a scheduled Cheltenham service since 1998 but that was in 2006)
Presumably some or all of these are part of the package.