Registrations of Interest to construct a section of the historic Inland Rail project are now open.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said this is a once-in-a-generation project for regional Australia, and will provide significant opportunities for businesses and suppliers including construction companies to build the 107km Parkes to Narromine section.

“The Parkes to Narromine project is a major priority within the Inland Rail project and construction is expected to start early 2018,” Mr Chester said.

“The work will involve upgrading the existing rail corridor including the construction of a new 5.3km connection in a greenfield corridor.

“Suitably experienced companies are invited to apply to join a shortlist which will then proceed to a formal Expressions of Interest phase. Evaluation criteria will include company experience, suitability for the project, and a demonstrated ability to carry out the works.

“This project between Brisbane and Melbourne will support thousands of jobs across regional Australia, creating 16,000 direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction.

“Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connecting regional industries and communities to domestic and international markets.”

The project includes:

  • Upgrading and reconstructing sections of the existing track
  • Construction, track and civil works for the new connection corridor
  • Upgrading, relocating and consolidating existing level crossings
  • Potential relocation or protection of utility services
  • Ancillary works such as flood immunity, stormwater, draining and fencing improvements

Interested companies, that satisfy the evaluation criteria, are encouraged to submit a Registration of Interest (ROI) before 22 September 2017.

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