Acciona consortium secures $238m railway works contract in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 2 Apr 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Coleman Rail, a subsidiary of Acciona Geotech, in a consortium with Lendlease, has won A$536m ($238.4m) contract to build two train stations in Australia.

Under the contract, the consortium will remove three level crossings and construct two new stations, Cheltenham and Mentone, in south-east Melbourne.

The contract is an extension of the Southern Program Alliance, which aims to remove level crossings in the Australian state of Victoria.

Work under the new contract involves more than 3km of walking and cycle paths to connect the stations, better lighting and accessibility between them, new parking spaces and a potential residential and commercial development.

Acciona said: “The works will help to provide safer separation between railway traffic and vehicular traffic; it will reduce road congestion; and will improve residents’ access to the area’s housing, shops and beach.”

In 2018, Coleman Rail and its partners won a contract worth A$551.7m ($392m) to modernise the Ballarat railway line, which is located in the state of Victoria.

The company said that the contract represents another success in Australia following the acquisition of local engineering and construction group Geotech, and the creation of Acciona Geotech, which manages the group’s civil engineering projects in Australia and New Zealand.

In Australia, Acciona has constructed the Legacy Way tunnels in Brisbane and is currently developing highway projects for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Warrell Creek-Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway.

In addition to undertaking the Clarence River Bridge and the Sydney Light Rail projects, the firm will construct a €434m waste-to-energy plant in Kwinana, Western Australia.

Located 40km south of Perth, the plant will be equipped to treat up to 400,000t of waste annually. It will have 36MW of power generation capacity, enough to supply around 50,000 homes.

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Image: The three level crossings will be eliminated in south-east Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Courtesy of ACCIONA.

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