Short St Bridge, Broadford

Inland Rail has announced the contractor shortlist for its final eight Victorian projects, revealing the three contractors who will be competing for the major construction initiatives. 

The three contractors – CPB Contractors, John Holland and McConnell Dowell – will now develop their final design and construct tender submissions for the Inland Rail Beveridge to Albury section for Tranche 2 works at Benalla, Euroa, Broadford, Wandong, Seymour, and Tallarook.

Inland Rail said that the Request for Tender shortlisting follows a rigorous expression of interest process, which drew a high standard of responses from local and interstate construction firms to deliver the Inland Rail. 

In Victoria, work will be undertaken at 12 sites to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

McConnell Dowell is currently delivering four Beveridge to Albury Tranche 1 sites at Glenrowan, Barnawartha North, Wangaratta, and Seymour.

The preferred contractor will be announced in mid-2024, with Tranche 2 construction starting from 2025.

ARTC Victoria and South Australia Projects General Manager, Ed Walker, said that the remaining eight Victorian Inland Rail sites will be awarded to the very best available team and ARTC is now entering a formal Request for Tender phase to determine who will be chosen. 

“The successful contractor for this portion of the work will be required to deliver initiatives and meet targets related to industry participation, sustainability, employment, and workforce development, with the Inland Rail team working closely with them to achieve these targets,” Mr Walker said. 

“The first four Tranche 1 sites are moving quickly, and it will be great to get the shovels in the ground for the remaining eight Tranche 2 sites.”

Feature image: Short St Bridge, Broadford, one of eight Inland Rail project sites in the Request for Tender. Image credit: Inland Rail.

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