Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) awarded Jacobs Engineering – GHD joint venture a contract for a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment for a 300-km-long greenfield section of the Inland Rail Program in New South Wales.
The contract on the Narromine – Narrabri (N2N) section involves the delivery of further engineering design and environmental investigations to determine the preferred route for the 40- to 60-meter-wide rail corridor.
“This important feasibility design work will give us critical information in terms of engineering, environmental, traffic flows, socio-economic impacts and benefits and other areas of interest. It will lay the groundwork for the detailed design for this section and help identify how we can adjust to address community concerns,” Inland Rail CEO, Richard Wankmuller, said.
N2N is one of 13 projects that completes the Inland Rail Program, and the 300 km of new track makes it the longest distance project within Inland Rail. It will involve seven passing loops, four road-over-rail graded separations and three rail-over-rail graded separations, 17 rail underbridges, 4 kilometers of viaduct, a number of level crossings and more than 320 utility crossings.
Inland Rail corridor will have a total length of 1,700 km, linking Melbourne and Brisbane through three states (Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland). The Australian Government has committed AUD 9.3 billion (USD 6.6 billion) for ARTC to develop and build Inland Rail. Additional funds will come from a partnership with the private sector.