Nov 11, 2009

Tenders called for Maldon to Dombarton rail link study

Tenders called for Maldon to Dombarton rail link study

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 11 2009

Independent consultants interested in conducting the feasibility study into a possible rail line between Maldon and Port Kembla via Dombarton have until 4 December to register under the tender process being conducted by my Department.

As announced by Treasurer Wayne Swan back in July, we’ve set aside $3 million to do this detailed planning work which is needed in order to obtain firm costings and determine the project’s viability.

The proposed Maldon-Dombarton project would involve building a 35 kilometre standard gauge rail line connecting the Illawarra Line from Wollongong to the Main Southern Line running from Sydney via Campbelltown.

The allocation of additional funding followed the findings of the pre-feasibility study published earlier this year, namely that completing the rail line has long term economic merit – but more work needed to be done before sensible investment decisions could be made.

The feasibility study will assess existing infrastructure, engineering requirements and likely demand for the proposed line, as well as undertake detailed economic and financial modelling.

The study’s outcomes will also be fed into the comprehensive national port and freight strategies currently being developed by Infrastructure Australia.

The feasibility study is expected to take around 18 months to complete.