Major Contract

Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo

Under Procurement
Inland Rail - Albury to Illabo

The Albury to Illabo (A2I) section will comprise the upgrade of 185 kilometres of existing rail corridor between Albury at the Victoria-NSW Border to Illabo in regional New South Wales to service 1,800 metre long double-stacked trains.

The scope of work currently includes:

  • 25 kilometres of track slews
  • five to 10 loop/sidings slews
  • two bridge removals
  • modifications to level crossing, and
  • 25 to 30 signal structures.

Key Dates

May 2021 ROIs Open
Jul 2021 EOIs Open
Sep 2021 RFP Open
Sep 2022 Expected Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Mar 2025 Expected Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Reference Designs
Successful Tenderer - WSP Australia


Oct 2019 At an industry briefings, ARTC indicated Albury to Illabo would be delivered under multiple Design & Construct or Construct only contracts.
Oct 2020 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements for the project. The Environmental Impact Statement for the project will now be developed.
Nov 2020 WSP Australia was appointed to undertake the reference design and accompanying primary approvals documentation for the Albury to Illabo and the Stockinbingal to Parkes sections of Inland Rail. The two sections were packaged together for efficiency given their similarities.
Dec 2020 ARTC announced the completion of seasonal spring biodiversity surveys at a number of locations along the Albury to Illabo alignment. This informs the early reference design and primary approvals for the project. ARTC also announced that WSP, the engineering consultant, is reviewing each of the enhancement sites to begin additional geotechnical, heritage and fauna surveying, starting in early 2021.
May 2021 The ARTC invited Registrations of Interest (ROIs) for the three sections of Inland Rail from Albury to Parkes, with the intention of awarding a single Design & Construct contract for Albury to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes sections. Expression of Interest (EOI) phase was expected to begin in July 2021.
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New South Wales | National |
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Albury to Illabo (ARTC)