The final eight projects in Victoria for INLAND Rail, a subsidiary of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, have been shortlisted for construction contractors. The shortlisted companies include CPB Contractors, John Holland, and McConnell Dowell.
The three contractors are currently tasked with the development of their ultimate tender submissions for the Inland Rail Beveridge to Albury segment, namely for the tranche-two works at Benalla, Euroa, Broadford, Wandong, Seymour, and Tallarook.
The shortlisting of tenders is conducted in accordance with a thorough expression of interest procedure.
According to the Industrial Relations (IR) report, the selection process attracted a significant number of high-quality submissions from both local and out-of-state construction companies.
A total of 12 locations in the state of Victoria have been designated for infrastructure development to facilitate the safe passage of double-stacked goods trains.
McConnell Dowell is presently engaged in the execution of four Beveridge to Albury Tranche 1 projects located at Glenrowan, Barnawartha North, Wangaratta, and Seymour.
The announcement of the selected contractor is scheduled for mid-2024, followed by the commencement of tranche-two construction in 2025.
According to Ed Walker, the general manager of ARTC Victoria and South Australia projects, the allocation of the remaining eight Victorian Inland Rail sites would be based on selecting the most exceptional team. ARTC is currently initiating a formal request for the tender phase to ascertain the chosen team for these locations.
According to the speaker, the chosen contractor for this specific project will have the responsibility of implementing strategies and achieving goals pertaining to industry involvement, environmental sustainability, employment, and workforce advancement. The Inland Rail team will collaborate closely with the contractor to ensure the effective attainment of these objectives.
The progress of the initial four tranche-one sites is advancing rapidly, and it will be highly advantageous to commence construction at the remaining eight tranche-two sites.