Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Motts WSP JV wins work on £5.4bn Australian rail scheme

Melbourne rail tracks australia 3x2

A Mott MacDonald and WSP JV has won design and engineering consultancy work on a $9.3bn (£5.37bn) freight rail project in Australia, the country’s largest freight rail scheme.

The rail track, known as Inland Rail, will run for 1,730km from Melbourne to Brisbane and will link up major agricultural and port areas. It is hoped the route, which will be up to 10 hours faster than existing routes as freight trains will travel up to 115km/h, will reduce supply chain costs and make it easier to transport goods by rail along the eastern coast.

Mott MacDonald and WSP will provide design and engineering consultancy services, as well as environmental assessments, for two sections of the route running through New South Wales. One will cover a 107km section from Parkes to Narromine; the other a 188km section from Narrabri to North Star.

“We’re looking forward to providing our best-of-practice engineering to produce an innovative and value-engineered design for this significant project,” said Mott MacDonald managing director for Australia and New Zealand David Johnson.

“Once complete, Inland Rail will help create a stronger economy for Australia, as well as improve safety in local communities and reduce carbon emissions.”

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is behind the scheme, which is split up into 13 separate projects. Early construction work on sections of the route began last year and the line is expected to open fully between 2024 and 2025.

Tags

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.