The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded two major contracts for the design and construction of the $400 million Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Loop project.

John Holland is the successful contractor to design and construct the Botany Rail Duplication, and Fulton Hogan is the successful contractor for the Cabramatta Loop.

The Botany Rail Duplication includes the following key features:

  • A new 2.9km track within the existing rail corridor, track realignment and upgrade
  • New crossovers to allow trains options to move between tracks
  • Construction of new rail bridges at Mill Stream, Southern Cross Drive, O’Riordan and Robey Street

The Cabramatta Loop includes:

  • A new 1.65km section of track
  • A realignment of 550m of existing track
  • Two new bridge structures next to the existing rail bridges over Sussex Street and Cabramatta Creek
  • Road works to reconfigure Broomfield Street in Cabramatta

ARTC CEO, Mark Campbell, said this marks a significant step in the delivery of this transformational project.

“The project will help meet future demand at Port Botany, where the freight task is predicted to increase by 77 per cent by 2036,” Mr Campbell said.

“The Botany Rail Duplication will duplicate the remaining 2.9km section of single line track between Mascot and Botany, while the 1.65km Cabramatta Loop will allow freight trains up to 1,300m in length, travelling in either direction on the Southern Sydney Freight Line to pass each other.”

Mr Campbell said that the project will increase freight capacity and encourage more freight movements to be made by rail – helping to shift freight away from road transport and reduce the rate of growth in truck movements and traffic congestion.

“This will further bolster the economy, with more than 620 people employed by the two major contractors and their subcontractors at the peak of construction,” Mr Campbell said. 

“Each extra freight train travelling on the Port Botany Rail Line will take up to 54 trucks off Sydney’s roads.”

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering both projects on behalf of the Australian Government.

Executive General Manager – Rail at John Holland, Steve Butcher, said the company was excited to begin working on this important project.

“We will draw on our significant experience in operational rail environments to improve freight access to Sydney at this critical time. Our teams are looking forward to working with the community to create jobs and strengthen connections for our primary producers,” Mr Butcher said.

Fulton Hogan’s GM Eastern Construction, Andrew McRae, said, ‘’We’re proud of our track record of working in and connecting communities right across Australia and delighted to have been awarded the Cabramatta Loop contract.

“We look forward to working with ARTC to deliver this important piece of rail infrastructure and the benefits it will provide to people and businesses in NSW.”

The awarded contracts follow an intensive tender and evaluation process throughout 2020 and the first part of 2021.

Following site mobilisation in the second half of 2021, major construction works on both the Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2022.

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