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Port Botany rail duplication shortlist revealed

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced the shortlisted companies for the Port Botany rail line duplication design and construction tenders.

Following an open invitation expressions of interest in 2019, three companies were shortlisted for the NSW project.

CPB Contractors, Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia and John Holland will now submit formal tenders for the works between Mascot to Botany.

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the significant infrastructure project, led by the ARTC, would create much-needed local jobs while providing a long-term freight productivity boost.

“The Botany Rail Duplication will upgrade and duplicate the current single freight rail track between Mascot and Botany to increase the capacity of Sydney’s freight rail network while bolstering operational efficiency, flexibility and reliability for freight customers,” he said.

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“This will create more than 400 jobs during construction and provide a welcome boost to all the hard-working local businesses who use the rail line to get their products to markets.”

McCormack hopes this tender release will set the project up well to begin works next year.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the project would help meet Australia’s growing freight requirements and support local businesses while taking traffic off Sydney’s roads to make them safer and less congested.

“COVID-19 has demonstrated the essential contribution of Australia’s freight industry and supply chains, driving economic growth and opportunity by getting local goods to markets and keeping shelves stocked,” Cormann said.

“Australia’s freight requirements are set to grow significantly over the coming decades. While this is great news for the industry and the Australian economy, it will place increasing pressure on our roads.”

The tender for the Cabramatta Loop Project is also expected to be released this year.

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