Short Answer is inflation and unionisation. Its not as simples as just laying a new pair of tracks and doing some minor earthworks. This is what its being spent onAnd I almost forgot the most intriguing bit. How the @/%& does that cost 4 BILLION DOLLARS. ?$4B for 10km of track???
It will be very interesting to read the Scope Of Works, when it's eventually made available.
Probably can add Track Slews and Nimbyism to things to contend with. Also I was under the impression that 4 billion was the entire project, with the express tracks only being Stage one of the project.
- New track dedicated to regional services (between Werribee and Laverton).
- Upgrades to bridges over main roads.
- Station upgrades at Werribee and Laverton
- New bridges and culverts over creeks and rivers.
- Signalling and train control system upgrades.
I still think it's crazy stupid expensive. The whole RRL was completed in 2015 for approx. $3.5 billion and involved dozens of kilometres of new Class 1 track, flyovers, new stations, station rebuilds, bridges, etc etc, much of which was in a built-up urban environment.
Who is on the take? Who is plating the rail heads in platinum?