Australia: ARTC Appoints Preferred Contractor for Inland Rail sections of Rail Corridor Programme

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has chosen Martinus as the preferred contractor for delivery of the Inland Rail sections of its Rail Corridor Programme.

The Australian-based company will be in charge of laying ballast, sleepers and track for roughly 570 kilometres of railway between Narromine and Moree in New South Wales (NSW) and North Star (NSW) to Gowrie in Queensland.

The work will also involve the delivery of above-ground works, including track construction, rail welding, transportation of materials, and the installation and commissioning of level crossings.

At the peak of the work Martinus expects to employ 600 people.

Rebecca Pickering, ARTC Inland Rail Interim Chief Executive, said:

“This announcement is a crucial part of the Inland Rail project, as it forms the delivery of the two largest greenfield sections of the railway and the previous ‘missing link’ rail corridor between Queensland and New South Wales, where no rail line has existed previously.”

Major construction on these sections cannot start until statutory approvals have been received from the relevant regional governments. In the meantime, Martinus will work with ARTC to develop strategies to manage supply and logistics for large quantities of long-lead time construction materials.

These will include almost a million concrete sleepers, approximately 80,000 tonnes of steel rail and 1.7 million tonnes of ballast.

Work on the materials handling facilities is expected to begin next year, with track construction due to start in late 2024.

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