ARTC Awards Inland Rail Signalling Contract

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded the 30 million AUD contract to design the signalling for the Inland Rail project to Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd.

The contract scope covers signalling and signalling civil design for significant sections of the new freight line. Arcadis will see through the delivery of the signalling systems from concept through to final commissioning.

Richard Wankmuller, CEO, ARTC Inland Rail, said:

“Inland Rail is going to change freight in Australia, creating opportunity in the regions with large investment and generating employment.

“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 suggested there were advantages to having one team deliver a significant component of both the signalling and signalling civil design work.

Richard Wankmuller:

“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.

“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.”

ARTC ran a competitive tender process to find its signalling supplier. The contract completion date is expected to be 2027.

Malcolm McDowall, CEO, Arcadis AusPac, said:

“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.

“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.”

Inland Rail is a rail freight project in Australia that will connect the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane. The finished line will measure 1727km. The route will allow double-stacked freight trains to operate between the two cities.

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