The Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link Project has now moved to the next stage with the awarding of contracts to Parsons Brinckerhoff and GHD for vital engineering, planning and environmental works.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said that both companies have now started this initial planning work.
“This is about working through the safety, design, operational and environmental issues so that the project is at a stage where it can be considered for possible federal funding.
“The Federal Labor Government’s next multibillion dollar road and rail construction program is due to start in mid-2014.
“Parsons Brinckerhoff will do the engineering work of investigating design, safety and operational issues involved in completing the rail link.
“GHD will investigate the environmental issues in the rail corridor and surrounding areas, which will be critical in securing planning and environmental approvals before any construction could start.
“The Federal Labor Government is fully funding the planning and pre-construction design work for the Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link through our Nation Building Program. All up, we have set aside $25.5 million for this,” said Mr Albanese.
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, said the completed freight rail line would connect Port Kembla directly to the main south line at Picton, and include boring one of Australia’s longest rail tunnels.
“What the Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link will involve is laying around 35 kilometres of track with multiple passing loops and new bridges over the Nepean and Cordeaux Rivers.
“Next up for the project is the appointment of a specialist cost planner,” said Mr Gay.