WSP, Mott MacDonald JV to work on $7.08bn Australian rail project


IRDJV, a joint venture of WSP Australia and Mott MacDonald, has been awarded a contract by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for the feasibility and design of the Illabo-Stockinbingal section of AUD9.3bn ($7.08bn) Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail.

Inland Rail programme delivery director Simon Thomas said that the feasibility design would build on preliminary investigations and extensive community engagement already conducted by ARTC. The feasibility and design contract is worth $6m.

Thomas said: “ARTC are working to provide more information as local residents, landowners and surrounding communities are keen to know more about Inland Rail from an engineering and design perspective and the feasibility design is the next step in that process.

“This feasibility design work will give us information in terms of engineering, environmental, traffic and other impacts, which we can use to design and build the best possible rail line.

“It will lay the groundwork for the detailed design for these sections, and there will be more contracts awarded by ARTC over the coming months in regional NSW.”

According to Thomas, this is another example of the flow-on benefits to Australian businesses from the nation-transforming Inland Rail project.

He said: “As Inland Rail moves towards construction phase, residents and local businesses will increasingly see the benefits of Inland Rail, including the jobs and new investment opportunities it will create.

“Farmers and regional communities, big and small, will benefit by better connecting produce to domestic and international markets.”

The Illabo-Stockinbingal project is a new 37km rail corridor. This new section of rail corridor, which will bypass a winding and steep section of track known as the Bethungra Spiral, will provide a new direct route from the east of Illabo up to Stockinbingal and into the existing Forbes rail line.

Once Inland Rail becomes operational, the Bethungra Spiral will continue to be used for freight and passenger services to Sydney.

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