SMEC Australia to develop a concept design for Blayney to Demondrille railway line

WCN Editorial Team 31 May 2021 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Construction engineering company SMEC Australia has been appointed to develop a concept design to explore options to reinstate the Blayney to Demondrille railway line in New South Wales, Australia.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for assessing the reinstatement costs as well as the ongoing viability of the 179km-long railway line.

It will also include assessments of loops, drainage, level crossings and sidings to confirm the infrastructure which would be required to meet today’s freight trains requirements.

New South Wales Regional Transport and Roads minister Paul Toole said: “With the freight task growing, we know the Cowra Lines have potential to be a part of the NSW Government’s plan for a strong regional rail network.”

“A feasibility study has shown this line has the potential to be economically viable when freight capacity on the Main West is constrained in the future and to build improved resilience into the rail network. This next piece of work will help us understand exactly what it will take to reinstate the corridor.”

The work on the concept design of the Blayney to Demondrille railway line is scheduled to commence in June with completion slated next year.

New South Wales Cootamundra member Steph Cooke said: “Some of the features of the line, like the heritage-listed Cowra Rail Bridge and Carcoar Tunnel, are more than 130-years-old and will need special attention to ensure they are both strong enough and provide the clearances needed for freight operations into the future.”

Last month, the Government of New South Wales shortlisted CPB Contractors and Acciona Construction Australia for work on the new metro railway line.

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SMEC Australia wins contract to develop a concept design for Blayney to Demondrille railway line. Credit: Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay.

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