The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has chosen Regionerate Rail as preferred bidder to develop the Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail project.

Inland Rail is a 1,700km line connecting Brisbane in Queensland with Melbourne in Victoria.

Regionerate Rail is a consortium comprising Plenary Group, Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild and Service Stream.

For the design and construct elements, this contract is worth over A$5bn (€3.27bn).

The section running between Gowrie and Kagaru will be around 128km of new and upgraded rail track.

It will feature a 6.2km tunnel through the Great Dividing Range, which is claimed to be the largest diameter freight tunnel in the southern hemisphere.

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This contract will be delivered as a public-private partnership (PPP) and will also feature a 25-year maintenance phase following completion of the section between Gowrie to Kagaru.

Of the contract value, approximately €1.3bn is attributable to Webuild.

Webuild CEO Pietro Salini said: “For us, Australia is one of the most strategic markets in the world, given the opportunities that it offers in sustainable mobility and renewable energy. We are proud of Webuild’s involvement in Inland Rail, especially on the most technically complex section of the project. Our reputation continues to strengthen, built day in, day out by our people in a country that is one of the most demanding markets in terms of quality and expertise required.

“As a Group, we have been in Australia since the 1970s. We have gradually expanded our activities in a number of states, from Western Australia to New South Wales, from Victoria to Queensland. This latest project, after the North East Link in Melbourne, is the results of years of investment made in a country where we aim to consolidate our presence for the long term – as Australians in support of clients who face the challenges of delivering sustainable infrastructure of quality to their communities.”

Webuild has constructed over 13,600km of metro and rail lines, overe 80,200km of roads, 946km of bridges and viaducts, and over 2,300km of tunnels and underground works.

The appointment of Regionerate Rail comes after ARTC awarded a contract to Arcadis to design the signalling for Inland Rail in February.


Image: Inland Rail is a 1,700km line connecting Brisbane in Queensland with Melbourne in Victoria. Credit: Martin Winkler from Pixabay.