Seymour Telegraph

Rail forges ahead with plans

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Inland Rail has made a big decision on upcoming constructi­on works around Seymour.

Tranche one works at SeymourAve­nel Rd in Seymour will be progressed firstly with contractor McConnell Dowell.

And Inland Rail has now shortliste­d CPB Contractor­s, John Holland and McConnell Dowell to build the final eight Inland Rail projects in Victoria as part of tranche two works.

These include constructi­on work where the Hume Hwy crosses the railway line close to Seymour.

The shortlisti­ng follows a rigorous ‘expression of interest’ process, which drew a high standard of responses from local and interstate constructi­on firms to deliver Inland Rail, a nation-building project that will transform how goods are moved around Australia.

In Victoria, work will be undertaken at 12 sites to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

ARTC Victoria and South Australia projects general manager Ed Walker said McConnell Dowell was currently delivering four Beveridge to Albury tranche one sites, at Glenrowan, Barnawarth­a North, Wangaratta and Seymour.

“The remaining eight Victorian Inland Rail sites will be awarded to the very best available team and ARTC is now entering a formal ‘request for tender’ phase to determine who will be chosen,” he said.

“The successful contractor for this portion of the work will be required to deliver initiative­s and meet targets related to industry participat­ion, sustainabi­lity, employment and workforce developmen­t, with the Inland Rail team working closely with them to achieve these targets.

“The first four tranche one sites are moving quickly, and it will be great to get the shovels in the ground for the remaining eight tranche two sites.”

The preferred contractor will be announced in mid-2024, with tranche two constructi­on starting from 2025.

 ?? ?? In the running: CPB Contractor­s, John Holland and McConnell Dowell have been shortliste­d to build the final eight Inland Rail projects in Victoria.
In the running: CPB Contractor­s, John Holland and McConnell Dowell have been shortliste­d to build the final eight Inland Rail projects in Victoria.

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