Trans4m Rail secures $503m Inland Rail upgrade contract in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 9 Nov 2020 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Trans4m Rail, a joint venture (JV) between John Holland and SEE Civil, has been awarded a A$693m ($503m) contract by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to upgrade a section of Inland Rail in North West New South Wales, Australia.

Inland Rail is divided into 13 individual projects covering 1,700km from Melbourne to Brisbane through the regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Under the contract, Trans4m Rail will be responsible for the upgrade of 171km of the existing rail line between Narrabri and North Star.

The Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail will upgrade 186km of the existing rail corridor and will include the construction of 2.3km of new railway track near Moree, New South Wales.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said: “This nationally significant infrastructure is being built by the skills and expertise of Australian businesses – businesses that invest locally, drive regional employment and give back to communities along this 1,700km corridor of commerce.

“We want to see regional Australia open for business. This $693.8 million contract with Trans4m Rail, along with the delivery of almost 25,000 tonnes of steel over the past 18 months, puts us closer to construction and the benefits of Inland Rail in North West NSW.”

The section between Narrabri and North Star crosses the three local government areas include Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

The complete section is divided into two phases, Narrabri North to North Star is the first phase and Moree to Camurra is the second phase.

The second phase of the section that obtained planning and environmental approvals will include the upgrade of 15km of track crossing the Mehi–Gwydir floodplain.

It will also include the construction of 2.3km of the new track at Camurra, north of Moree.

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Trans4m Rail wins $503m contract to upgrade 171km of rail line between Narrabri and North Star. (Credit: Inland Rail.)

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