Major Contract

Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star - Phase One

PROJECT STATUS
Under Delivery
Inland Rail - Narrabri to North Star - Phase One

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of Inland Rail will upgrade approximately 185 kilometres of existing rail corridor and construct 1.7 kilometres of new track near Moree, New South Wales. The project is being delivered in two phases.

Phase One of the Narrabri to North Star section is one of the most advanced sections of Inland Rail, and will comprise:

  • upgrade of approximately 171 kilometres of track between Narrabri and North Star via Moree
  • constructing five new crossing loops
  • upgrading, relocating or consolidating almost 80 level crossings and five pedestrian crossings 
  • installing 220 rail culverts
  • installing 98 road culverts and irrigation crossings
  • relocating power and telecommunications utilities, and
  • minor changes to track alignments at Bellata, Gurley and Moree Stations.

Key Dates

Oct 2019 EOIs Open
Dec 2019 RFP Open
Nov 2020 Contract Award
Apr 2021 Construction Commencement
Oct 2023 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Shortlist: Three shortlisted bidders were Lendlease, RailFirst Joint Venture between Downer EDI and Seymour Whyte, and Trans4m Rail Joint Venture between Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil.
Successful Tenderer: Trans4m Rail Joint Venture comprising John Holland and SEE Civil
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Detailed Design
Successful Tenderer - WSP Australia and Mott MacDonald

PROJECT HISTORY

Nov 2017 The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for N2NS was released for public exhibition on 15 November and submissions closed on 15 December 2017.
Nov 2017 A Joint Venture comprising WSP and Mott MacDonald was awarded the contracts for detailed designs for Narrabri to North Star and Parkes to Narromine sections of Inland Rail Project.
Oct 2019 Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the major works were called, comprising works within the existing ARTC rail corridor. EOIs closed on 1 November.
Dec 2019 ARTC announced a shortlist of three contractors for the project: Lendlease, RailFirst Joint Venture comprising Downer EDI and Seymour Whyte, and Trans4m Rail Joint Venture comprising Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil.
Dec 2019 The EIS was put on public exhibition again in December 2019, with submissions due by 31 January 2020.
Feb 2020 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment requested that Inland Rail provide a response to submissions made to the Environmental Impact Statement.
May 2020 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment received the responses to submissions made to the EIS, and noted assessment of the planning application is under way.
Jul 2020 The planning assessment for the project was fast-tracked under the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program, with a decision to be made by 14 August 2020.
Aug 2020 The NSW Government granted planning approval for Phase one.
Nov 2020 ARTC awarded the $693 million contract to Trans4m Rail Joint Venture comprising John Holland and SEE Civil.
Apr 2021 Major works commenced on the project.
Estimated Total Cost
(2020)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
New South Wales | National |
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