Contractor John Holland has won the contract to build a new station and extend a railway in Melbourne, Australia.
The project, which has a total value of nearly AUS$600M (£362M), will require approximately 8km of new duplicated rail line between South Morang and Mernda, two suburbs located over 20km north of Melbourne’s city centre.
The contract also includes the construction of the new Hawkstone station in South Morang. The company had already been awarded the contract for stations in Mernda and Marymede, part of the same extension scheme.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority said the build will create up to 3,000 new jobs and that the three stations will service more than 8,000 passengers a day.
Work will start at the beginning of next year, with the line scheduled to be operational by 2019.
John Holland CEO Joe Barr said the rail extension would cater for the significant population growth in north Melbourne.
“We’re proud to be able to provide the community with a solution that will reduce travel time and improve liveability in the local area with better connections, as well as creating hundreds of jobs,” he said.