Inland Rail Gowrie to Kagaru section proposed viaduct

AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected the Regionerate Rail consortium as preferred bidder for a PPP contract to build and maintain the 128 km Gowrie – Kagaru section of the 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor.

Regionerate Rail comprises Clough, GS Engineering & Construction, Webuild, Service Stream and Plenary Group. The design and construction element of the contract is worth around A$5bn, and would be followed by 25 years of maintenance

The Gowrie – Kagaru section in Queensland is divided into the 28 km Gowrie – Helidon, 47 km Helidon – Calvert and 53 km Calvert – Kagaru sub-packages.

It will be dual-gauge, with three tunnels totalling 8 km including a 6·2 km tunnel through the Toowoomba Range, as well as 10 viaducts and 51 bridges with a total length of 20·5 km, and 11 crossing loops with 30 km of double track.

‘Regionerate Rail will bring international experience and innovation to deliver the world-class engineering solution required to traverse the Great Dividing Range’, said ARTC Inland Rail Chief Executive Rebecca Pickering on March 22. ’This is the type of iconic project that Regionerate Rail will use to showcase their credentials when chasing future contracts.’