Major contractor awarded North East rail line upgrade

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John Holland has been awarded the main works contract for the North East rail line in Victoria by the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

The company will deliver the multi-million dollar main works package involving ballast depth improvements along the entire corridor, mudhole removal and track resurfacing, drainage upgrades and around 100 level crossing and rail bridge upgrades.

ARTC Chief Executive John Fullerton said this is the next key stage towards delivering the upgrade to the North East line.

“It is one step closer to improved reliability, smoother journeys and reduced causes of major delays for passenger services between Melbourne and Albury,” he said.

“Over the previous months we have been following a rigorous competitive tender process. We are thrilled to award the contract to John Holland and are confident that their extensive experience delivering large scale rail infrastructure projects will ensure the best outcomes for the project.”

John Holland’s Executive General Manager of Rail Steve Butcher said the team is thrilled to bring their expertise to the project.

“As the leading multi-disciplinary rail delivery business working across Australia, John Holland’s Rail Infrastructure Services team is well equipped to deliver this important project that will reinvigorate a large part of regional Victoria.”

Significant early works have already been completed on the line this year, including a significant scope of the work during the recent 60 hour works shut down.

“We understand the upgrades are a key priority for those living in north east Victoria and look forward to delivering these improvements and the benefits they will bring to the local community, businesses and economy,” Mr. Butcher said.

“We know that the reliability of North East line services is a real and ongoing concern for passengers, and we continue to work with the Victorian transport agencies to find ways of improving the track condition ahead of the commencement of the upgrade’s main works.”

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