Major Contract

Inland Rail - Stockinbingal to Parkes

Under Procurement
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. These enhancements will enable double-stack trains up to 1,800 metres in length to run on the track.

According to a December 2020 community briefing, the project comprises:

  • 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
Mar 2023 Expected Contract Award


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

The Stockinbingal to Parkes and Albury to Illabo sections will be delivered under a single Design and Construct contract.

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.
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