Transport for NSW has awarded UGL (a CIMIC company) a $1.5 billion contract for the operation and maintenance of rail infrastructure in the Country Regional Network.
Scope of Works
UGL will be delivering the following:
- Establishing a new network control centre in regional NSW
- Maintaining rail infrastructure
- Implementing a new signalling system (UGL's proprietary system – Sigview)
- Asset and property management
- Safety, access, performance and environmental management
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole highlighted how the project will be supporting the local community with a projected increase in overall job numbers in the region.
"We went to the market asking for a strong focus on regional employment including a minimum of 80 per cent of jobs needing to be based in the bush and a requirement for a Network Control Centre in a regional area which UGL has advised it plans to set up in Orange.
"We've also set UGL an industry-leading target of 12 per cent for the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They have set themselves the target of exceeding that and hitting 20 per cent by 2026," Minister Toole said.
CIMIC Group's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Juan Santamaria mirrored Mr Toole's comments by noting how UGL will support the region.
"The Country Regional Network provides a reliable and sustainable rail network to safely transport passengers and goods across regional NSW. CIMIC and UGL are proud to support TfNSW (Transport for NSW) to keep this essential service running across more than 2,300 kilometres of rail, and we're pleased to do so with a strong commitment to Indigenous and regional employment," Mr Santamaria said.
UGL's Managing Director, Doug Moss, also commented on the contract win by saying: "This contract win solidifies UGL as the leading rail services company in Australia, by building on our extensive work across the NSW rail network and complementing the rail projects we manage in all other states and territories. We look forward to working with TfNSW on the safe and successful transition of the Country Regional Network contract over the coming months."
Over the last ten years, the State Government has invested over $1 billion into the Country Regional Network to support all stakeholders from rail passengers to farmers.
At least 1,000 kilometres of the network is dedicated to moving grain which shows how important the rail network is for transporting crops from silos to local markets and exporting throughout New South Wales.
Fast Facts about the Country Rail Network
- 2,400 km of the rail lines are operational
- 3,000 km of the lines are non-operational
- Of 1,300 level crossings, only 300 are active
- Over 900 bridges
- 1,200 property assets
- 356 heritage-listed stations
Since 2011, John Holland Rail has been maintaining and operating the Country Rail Network – their contract is expiring at the end of 2021.
Over the next 12-months, UGL will begin a mobilisation period following the official awarding of the contract. This process will allow for a smoother transition from the previous service provider, John Holland.
UGL's execution of the 10-year contract will start in January 2022.
Source: Transport for NSW
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