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.