This week the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded a $30 million contract for significant sections of the Inland Rail.
The winning contractor, Arcadis Australia Pacific, has been tasked with delivering the design and implementation of rail signalling systems from concept through to final commission for the Inland Rail.
Arcadis will be responsible for the signalling and signalling civil design from Illabo in New South Wales through to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton in Queensland.
To design and deliver the rail signalling systems, Arcadis will need to use regional resources in Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee.
In fact, the multi-million-dollar contract will create up to 80 regional jobs in New South Wales. Local residents are encouraged to apply for these regional positions working with Arcadis over the next six years.
This major contract is just one of more than 1,000 contracts already awarded as part of the Inland Rail project.
ARTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Wankmuller, welcomed the partnership highlighting its potential to create 20 new jobs over the next few years.
“Inland Rail is going to change freight in Australia, creating opportunity in the regions with large investment and generating employment,” Mr Wankmuller said.
“The value of this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project is much more than improving our supply chain to move our goods; it is creating thousands of jobs by its construction.”
Mr Wankmuller also noted the benefits of having all the signalling work delivered by one team.
“This is a specialised aspect of the Inland Rail project, and by engaging one company to deliver the majority of this important body of design work, there will be a consistency of quality and a more efficient use of resources across the program,” Mr Wankmuller said.
“Economically, it makes sense too, because it has reduced the need to hire scarce signalling design experts for each of the individual projects under the program delivery strategy.”
Arcadis AusPac’s CEO, Malcolm McDowall, reinstated how significant the infrastructure project is for Australia and his company.
“The Inland Rail Systems Program is a transformative project, which will reduce freight costs, boost the economy, and help reduce carbon emissions, providing ongoing benefits to Australia,” Mr McDowall said.
“Arcadis will utilise its highly experienced team to deliver the signalling and signalling civil design from concept through to final commissioning for each of the Inland Rail sub-projects over a six-year period.
“We are proud to have been selected by ARTC and are looking forward to working with our partners to support our Australian communities.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said the Inland Rail would deliver jobs, opportunities and regional resilience.
“Our Government backs regional Australia with the infrastructure and programs that will unlock the untapped potential and economic growth of our regional centres,” Mr McCormack said.
The Inland Rail signalling and trackside infrastructure will be designed and delivered to integrate with the Advanced Train Management System to support enhanced rail safety and freight efficiency across the national network.
After the competitive tender process, the signalling design services started in November 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2027.
Source: Media Release
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