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John Holland wins $257m Roy Hill rail contract

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> John Holland has won a quarter billion dollar contract to build 350km of heavy haulage railway track for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia. </span> <p>Just a fortnight after engineering provider, <a href="">Calibre Group, won a $23m contract to design the railway</a>, Samsung C&ampT appointed John Holland to build it.</p><p>Samsung C&ampT is responsible for the delivery of the entire Roy Hill project, <a href="">after it won the $5.6bn contract to do so in April</a>.</p><p>The Roy Hill project will include a new mine at the Roy Hill deposit north of Newman, a processing plant, a heavy haul railway system and export facilities at Port Hedland.</p><p>John Holland’s contract is to construct rail, track works and infrastructure through remote terrain from the Roy Hill mine site to Port Hedland, on WA’s northern coast.</p><p>It involves building track works to the main line, a marshalling yard, a mine loading loop, a port loading loop, wayside loops and spurs, and a construction yard.</p><p>It also involves construction of a logistics yard and ballast yards.</p><p>“We are proud to be involved in such a major undertaking for Western Australia,” Hamish Tyrwhitt, chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings said.</p><p>John Holland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings.</p><p>“Roy Hill is a critical project for the state, and a strong indication that the nation is moving to close its infrastructure deficit and improve productivity,” Tyrwhitt added.</p><p>John Holland managing director, Glenn Palin, boasted that the company had “again demonstrated its key strength in rail” by winning the project against national and international competition.</p><p>“John Holland has been a market leader in rail construction in Australia for over 30 years, with approximately $3bn of rail-related projects in hand,” he said.</p><p>The Roy Hill rail line’s construction is expected to take two years.</p><p>John Holland’s contract is for construction only, and the contractor is expected to commence works in October. At peak works, the project is expected to employ 270 people.</p>