The JV will upgrade the rail track in this section which spans 171 kilometres. Construction is set to begin before the end of 2020.
Trans4m Rail will deliver the first section of the works between Narrabri and North Star. Design work will now progress on the second stage of works which will see the development of an environmental impacts statement for the construction of new track between Moree and Camurra.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack welcomed the Australian Rail Track Corporation signing the contract with Trans4m Rail, a joint-venture between John Holland and SEE Civil, which represents a significant milestone for Inland Rail.
“Inland Rail is going to change the freight task in Australia and in doing so will create opportunity in regional Australia with unprecedented investment and job creation,” the Deputy Prime Minister 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.”
He said 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.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said that in addition to enhancing Australian freight infrastructure and strengthening supply chains, Inland Rail construction was also supporting thousands of Australian businesses and jobs.
“With the award of this contract, there will be flow-on effects through the economy with more local businesses and suppliers set to come on-board and support Inland Rail construction,” Birmingham said.