Spanish firm Acciona and Cimic Group company CPB Contractors have formed a 50–50 joint venture to work with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on a 306km works programme.
The scheme is part of Inland Rail, Australia’s largest infrastructure scheme, which will connect Melbourne and Brisbane, bypassing the congested Sydney network
The team will plan and develop a line between Narrabri and Narromine, in northern New South Wales. The scope includes new track laying, earthworks, drainage, bridges and viaducts, materials and logistics management.
Juan Santamaria, Cimic’s chief executive, said: “Inland Rail is crucial for Australia’s growing population, providing a fast freight link between regional businesses and markets.
“We’re proud to contribute to this significant project – creating an asset for generations to come, cost-effectively, safely and collaboratively."
Jason Spears, CPB Contractors’ managing director, said: “CPB will use its extensive regional experience to ensure that opportunities for local suppliers are maximised and that jobs for local workers are created.
“We are delivering major rail projects across Australia and will work closely with the ARTC to ensure that these works are delivered to schedule.”
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