Image source: Victoria’s Future Rail Network, Transport for Victoria.
Victorian Rail Infrastructure Program
Architectus have been engaged to assist Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) and Aurecon, Jacobs and Mott McDonald (AJM) on the Victorian Rail Infrastructure Program (VRIP).
VRIP is an integrated approach to Victoria’s transport system which considers the current infrastructure, plans for the future, and establishes a strategy to manage and oversee opportunities ahead.
VRIP is complex state-shaping program, it will allow for smarter planning and investment decisions to be made and enable RPV to organise wider network interfaces in collaboration with Transport for Victoria and other key stakeholders.
The VRIP comprises many aspects and projects, including high speed rail to regional areas; electrifications work; airport rail link and interfaces; metro tunnel corridor; rolling stock development; procurement and integration; technical, planning and engagement advice across brownfield and greenfield environments; gaining environmental approvals and stakeholder support; integrating metro and regional systems; increase capacity and reducing journey times.
Architectus is assisting with the early concept design and strategic business case, with a preliminary focus on the Airport Rail Link and Sunshine Hub.
The metropolitan and regional rail network of Melbourne and Victoria has stretched the current capacity, major investments have already progressed in response to the growth pressures with further projects identified for implementation. The VRIP aims to deliver new types of rail infrastructure and integration it into the wider Victorian transport system.