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With trackwork on Australia's 1,420km, US$690M Alice Springs to Darwin rail link in Australia complete, the project is on target to finish at the end of the month, five months ahead of schedule. The ADrail consortium of KBR, Barclay Mowlem, Macmahon and John Holland, began work in May 2001, and has also been responsible for upgrading the Tarcoola to Alice Springs line and freight handling facilities at Darwin port. In all, the project has comprised 15M. m 3ofearthworks, more than 100 bridges, 1,500 culverts, 2.9Mt of ballast and 2M sleepers. It is estimated that the new line will cut freight travel time between Adelaide and Asia by to 11 days.

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