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Preferred contractor named for next stage of Inland Rail

Preferred contractor named for next stage of Inland Rail

Inland Rail has selected John Holland to complete early commencement works and delivery activities for eight project sites in Victoria.

The contract includes design and preparatory works at Benalla, Euroa, Wandong, Hume Freeway – Tallarook and Seymour, and three sites in Broadford on the existing North East Rail Line to allow for the safe passage of double-stack freight trains.

These works are known as the Beveridge to Albury (B2A) – Tranche Two section. John Holland will now conduct site investigations and progress design work at each of these sites.

Activities will include geotechnical investigations, ground water monitoring and additional surveys, as well as development of key management plans.

Inland Rail’s appointment of a construction partner for the remaining Victorian sites is on schedule for mid-2024, with construction commencing in early-2025 and project completion in 2027.

Inland Rail is a 1600km freight rail line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


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John Holland Executive General Manager Steve Butcher said this was an exciting project that would transform how goods were moved around Australia.

“Projects like these also create jobs and allows us to work with local businesses, leaving a positive legacy for regional communities,” Butcher said.

Inland Rail Program Delivery Director for Beveridge to Albury section Ed Walker said these works at the remaining eight sites in Victoria were an important step forward for Australia’s largest infrastructure project.

“We’ve selected John Holland based on their experience delivering major civil and rail projects including Inland Rail Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 last year and the North East Rail Line Upgrade (NERL) in 2021. They are also responsible for delivering Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Project and Sydney Metro,” Walker said.

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