The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) awarded to IRDJV, composed of WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Mott MacDonald Pty Ltd, a contract for feasibility and design for the Illabo to Stockinbingal section of Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail. The value of the contract is AUD 6 million (USD 4.5 million). The feasibility design would build on preliminary investigations and extensive community engagement already conducted by ARTC and will lay the groundwork for the detailed design for the section.
The Illabo to Stockinbingal project is a new 37 km long rail corridor. This new section of rail corridor will bypass a winding and steep section of track known as the Bethungra Spiral, providing a new direct route from the east of Illabo up to Stockinbingal and into the existing Forbes rail line. Once Inland Rail is operational, the Bethungra Spiral will continue to be used for freight and passenger services to Sydney.