The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded two major contracts to design and construct the $400 million Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Loop project.
John Holland was selected to design and construct the Port Botany Rail Duplication while Fulton Hogan was chosen as the successful contractor for the Cabramatta Loop.
The two major contractors and their subcontractors are set to employ more than 620 people at the peak of construction.
ARTC CEO Mark Campbell said this marks a significant step in the delivery of this transformational project.
“The project will help meet future demand at Port Botany, where the freight task is predicted to increase by 77 per cent by 2036,” Campbell said.
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“The Botany Rail Duplication will duplicate the remaining 2.9-kilometre section of single line track between Mascot and Botany, while the 1.65-kilometre Cabramatta Loop will allow freight trains up to 1300-metres in length travelling in either direction on the Southern Sydney Freight Line to pass each other.
“Not only will this increase freight capacity, it will also encourage more freight movements to be made by rail – helping to shift freight away from road transport and reduce the rate of growth in truck movements and traffic congestion.”
The Botany Rail Duplication includes a new 2.9-kilometre track within the existing rail corridor, track realignment and upgrade, and the construction of new rail bridges at Mill Stream, Southern Cross Drive, O’Riordan Street and Robey Street.
John Holland Executive General Manager – Rail Steve Butcher, said the company was excited to begin working on this important project.
“We will draw on our significant experience in operational rail environments to improve freight access to Sydney at this critical time. Our teams are looking forward to working with the community to create jobs and strengthen connections for our primary producers,” Butcher said.
Fulton Hogan’s GM Eastern Construction said Andrew McRae said the company is proud of its track record of connecting communities right across Australia.
“We look forward to working with ARTC to deliver this important piece of rail infrastructure and the benefits it will provide to people and businesses in NSW,” McRae said.
The awarded contracts follow an intensive tender and evaluation process throughout 2020 and the first part of 2021.
Following site mobilisation in the second half of 2021, major construction works on both the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2022.