A joint venture between GHD and Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to carry out a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment for the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section of Inland Rail.
The 1,700km project, one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in Australia, will link Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
N2N is one of 13 projects that complete the Inland Rail. This will be the longest section of Inland Rail, comprising 300km of new track through a greenfield environment and will reduce transit times.
The feasibility and environmental work will help determine a preferred alignment within the study area.
The Environmental Impact Statement document will include impacts of the project for consideration by the Department of Planning and Environment.
The Australian government confirmed the preferred study area for the N2N section of Inland Rail in November 2017 after an analysis of corridor options.
The project team held community information meetings in December 2017 to discuss the route selection process, the next phase of design and the timeframes to determine the corridor.
Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said: “This important feasibility design work will give us critical information in terms of engineering, environmental, traffic flows, socio-economic impacts and benefits and other areas of interest.
“It will lay the groundwork for the detailed design for this section and help identify how we can adjust to address community concerns.”
GHD has worked with ARTC since 2014 on several sections of Inland Rail in Queensland and New South Wales.
GHD Australia general manager Phil Duthie said: “We are proud to continue our work with ARTC on this once-in-a-generation project, which will transform Australia’s freight network and create new economic opportunities for regional communities.
“Being selected for this project reflects the depth of engineering and environmental capabilities of both organisations and our track record of working together.”
Image: GHD, Jacobs JV to work on section of Australia’s Inland Rail project. Photo: courtesy of GHD.