Involving the construction of a 42.8 kilometre third track from Maitland to Whittingham, the project will be divided into two stages to accelerate its delivery.
The construct only stage one Minimbah to Whittingham works, will involve the construction of approximately 10.8 kilometres of new track, civil, road and bridge works, and signalling works.
The comprehensive stage two contract – the Maitland to Minimbah works includes the design and construction of a third track adjacent to the existing mainline between Maitland and Minimbah. Also included in the package are design, documentation, surveying and services relocation work.
The 32 kilometres of new track will directly connect with the stage one works.
Full scope of work for the complete project includes: design and documentation from concept to construction and commissioning comprehensive geotechnical investigations site surveying environmental assessment and planning approvals property acquisition and earthworks and construction.
The Maitland to Whittingham Third Road Alliance project is part of a major infrastructure program coordinated through ARTC. The program is designed to boost Australia’s export capacity in the resources sector.
Major construction works on the project will commence in mid-2009, with both projects expected to be completed by March 2012
Executive general manager of John Holland’s Rail business, Karl Mociak said the contract highlights the company’s capacity to deliver multi-disciplinary rail projects in collaboration with its colleagues in the wider business.