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All contracts awarded for Victoria section of Inland Rail project | News

All contracts awarded for Victoria section of Inland Rail project | News
All contracts awarded for Victoria section of Inland Rail project | News

AUSTRALIA: John Holland has been awarded a $470 million contract to work on the Beveridge to Albury Tranche 2 section of the Inland Rail project. The project aims to develop a 1,700km freight corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.

The contract includes construction works at Benalla, Euroa, Wandong, Hume Freeway–Tallarook and Seymour, and three sites in Broadford.

John Holland will replace bridges and lower tracks to allow safe passage of double-stack freight trains. There will also be ‘major transformations’ of Euroa and Benalla stations to make them safer and more accessible for passengers, with new platforms, pedestrian tunnels and additional parking.

Mobilization and planning have already started. Construction is expected to start early 2025 and completion is planned for 2027.

“This is a major step forward for the Inland Rail project in Victoria, with all 12 sites now under contract,” Inland Rail CEO Nick Miller said on June 27.

‘Tranche 1 sites at Glenrowan, Wangaratta, Seymour are progressing well and Barnawartha North is complete. John Holland is currently undertaking early works and site investigations prior to commencing construction of Tranche 2 early next year.

‘Inland Rail is keen to engage local people and businesses in the project and maximise the economic and social benefits for the communities along the route.’