Major Contract

Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes

Under Delivery
Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes

The Stockinbingal to Parkes (S2P) section is an enhancement project on specific sites along the 173 kilometres of existing rail corridor from Stockinbingal to Parkes.

The scope of works includes:

  • replacing the Lachlan River rail bridge in Forbes
  • increasing the vertical clearance under the Wyndham Avenue Bridge in Forbes
  • a new crossing loop north of Daroobalgie Road
  • modifying Forbes Railway Station, and
  • upgrades to existing crossing loops, structures and utilities along the line.

Key Dates

May 2021 ROIs Open
Jul 2021 EOIs Open
Sep 2021 RFP Open
Jul 2022 Shortlist Announced
Jul 2023 Contract Award
Jan 2024 Construction Commencement
2025 Expected Construction Completion


Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Shortlist: John Holland, the FreightConnect Consortium led by Laing O’Rourke, and Martinus Rail.
Successful Tenderer: Martinus Rail
Procurement note:

In October 2020, the ARTC announced it would pursue a joint procurement process for the Albury to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes packages to generate project efficiencies enabled by their geographic proximity and status as brownfield enhancement packages.

Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Reference and Detailed Designs
Successful Tenderer - WSP Australia


Oct 2017 At an industry briefing, ARTC indicated I2S will be delivered through multiple Design & Construct and/or Construct-Only contracts, with procurement to begin in late-2021. The four packages included in the strategy were Daroobalgie Loop, Lachlan River Bridge, Wyndham Avenue Bridge, and Track slews at five loops/sidings at Wirrinya, Forbes, Bribbaree, Caragabal, and Red Bend.
Nov 2017 ARTC began survey work and inspections as part of the feasibility design work. The design work forms the basis for environmental approvals and submissions process.
Oct 2020 WSP Australia was appointed to undertake the reference design and accompanying primary approvals documentation for the Stockinbingal to Parkes and Albury to Illabo sections of Inland Rail. The two sections were packaged together for efficiency given their similarities.
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.
Jul 2022 The ARTC shortlisted shortlisted three bidders for the Albury to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes stages of the Inland Rail.
Jul 2023 The ARTC awarded a $404 million Design and Construct contract to Martinus Rail for the 185-kilometre Albury to Illabo and 170-kilometre Stockinbingal to Parkes sections of the Inland Rail Freight Corridor project.
Jan 2024 Construction commenced on the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New South Wales | National |
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