Around $30 million worth of contracts have been awarded for feasibility studies and detailed design on the Inland Rail.
Headway is being made on the Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail as almost $30 million in contracts have been awarded to four companies.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the contracts were awarded in a competitive process to work on four sections in New South Wales and Victoria.
“These contracts will provide vital input into the Australian Government's work to get Inland Rail construction ready,” Mr Chester said.
“The consultancies will support the ongoing approvals process, environmental investigations and engineering design for each of the projects.
“For the Parkes to Narromine and Narrabri to North Star projects, these contracts will see the detailed design finalised, progressing the project to the construction stage. For the Tottenham to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes sections, these contracts formally begin the feasibility design process, which will lead to further detailed design work.
“Further contracts for Inland Rail in New South Wales and Queensland will be awarded over the coming months.”
The contracts awarded were as follows;
- Stockinbingal to Parkes (NSW) $500,000 contract awarded to Lycopodium Infrastructure Pty Ltd
- Parkes to Narromine (NSW) $10 million contract awarded to WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd
- Narrabri to North Star (NSW) $13 million contract awarded to WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd
- Tottenham (VIC) to Illabo (NSW) $6 million contract awarded to Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd
Two of these contracts were awarded to study feasibility, this will look at such issues as bridge verse culvert or overbridge verse underbridge and provide a preferred solution. This work will also form the basis for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The other two contracts were for detailed design, which will assess the preferred solution from feasibility, together with any directives as a result of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Source: Government of Australia