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Australia’s Inland Rail technical services tender open

6 November 2015  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

The Australian Government has announced a Technical and Engineering Advisory Services tender for the Inland Rail project linking Melbourne and Brisbane.

Australia Inland Rail technical services tender open

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss officially launched the major technical advisory tender that will help deliver the Government’s priority freight rail project.

The Inland Rail project will provide a new 1700km freight rail connection between Melbourne and Brisbane, while linking south-east Queensland with Perth and Adelaide. With Australia’s rail freight expected to grow significantly over the next several decades, the project will provide a high performance and direct interstate freight rail corridor between two of Australia’s largest cities, removing freight transport off congested roads and delivering immediate interoperability with the high performance east-west trans-continental line.

Inland Rail project will reduce transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane by 10 hours

Commenting on the project Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, said: “The freight corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane is vital to our national economy. It already generates commodity exports worth more than $260 billion each year. Freight movements along this corridor will treble over the next two decades.

“Inland rail will connect south east Queensland directly by rail to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth avoiding the need for freight to move through the congested Sydney network. It will reduce the distance between Melbourne and Brisbane by 200 km and carve 500 km from the Brisbane to Perth trip.

“The new freight line will reduce transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane by more than 10 hours—cutting the journey to less than a day. It will remove 200,000 trucks, or 5.4 billion net tonne kilometres of freight, from roads each year and add $22.5 billion to the Australian economy.”

The Inland Rail Programme comprises multiple work packages across various brownfield and greenfield sections which will be progressively designed and constructed over a ten year delivery timeframe.

The Technical and Engineering Advisory Services tender will include supporting The Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd. (ARTC) in the management of the delivery of the design and construction works, providing both a core team of management and administrative personnel, and a pool of engineering subject matter experts, that collectively will:

  • Lead the development and management of core engineering requirements documents and processes
  • Support the development of tender documents for feasibility design, detailed design and construction works packages
  • Support the tendering and tender assessment processes for the same
  • Lead and manage the review and acceptance of design submissions
  • Support technical and engineering requirements during construction and commissioning of work packages
  • Various other tasks and deliverables over the Programme of works.

A procurement briefing will be held at Customs House in Brisbane at 10am on Friday 13 November. Closing date for submissions is 14 December 2015.

Further information on the tender process can be found here.

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