Separate tenders have been called for environmental and engineering services in a major step forward for the Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today called for industry expertise to help progress planning for the project, with both tenders to be awarded before the end of next month.
“The successful tenderer for the environmental services contract will prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment outlining the potential impacts of the proposed project, based on ecological, heritage and other field studies that have already been undertaken,” he said.
“As for the engineering services tender, the successful team will use earlier technical work to develop detailed tunnel, bridge and track designs to be included in a future construction contract.”
“It’s fantastic to see work progressing on this important project which will greatly improve freight access for the Illawarra region.”
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said today’s announcement follows the appointment of two other specialist organisations earlier in the year.
“Recently, Whelan’s InSites was appointed to overfly the line with a laser camera to provide an accurate map of the corridor, identifying underground utility services and locating existing track, fauna crossings and adjoining roads,” he said.
“Transport specialists WorleyParsons is assisting the project team in reviewing options to improve freight access, so we’re setting ourselves up well to achieve the best possible design for the project.”
Completing the freight link will involve laying 35 kilometres of new track, building new bridges over the Nepean and Cordeaux Rivers, and constructing one of Australia’s longest rail tunnels. The completed rail line will link Port Kembla to the Main South Line at Picton directly
The Federal Labor Government has committed $25.5 million through the Nation Building Program for planning and pre-construction work for the Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link.