The meeting covered the lessons learnt over the last 12 months from delivering the detailed design work for the first Inland Rail project to commence detailed design: Parkes to Narromine.
ARTC’s Duncan Mitchell kicked off the meeting by providing key insights into the project and how ARTC is working collaboratively with partners, such as the WSP team, in joint venture with Mott MacDonald, to deliver a more cohesive, efficient design for the engineering, site investigation, and environmental and planning approvals.
WSP’s Michael Cox covered how hydrology, geotechnical conditions, existing sidings, and level crossings have influenced the permanent way design, including for more than 200 culverts; and Brett Hillcoat and Simon Flint discussed the innovative signalling design used for over 70 level crossings, as well as many other utility crossings.
Sam McWilliam, Rail Executive NSW says, “For WSP, this project has been a chance to collaborate across disciplines and influence the economic potential of freight across the eastern coast of Australia. As Parkes to Narromine moves into the construction phase, WSP will support contractors and the ARTC, as we complete our work on Narrabri to North Star and Illabo to Stockinbingal sections.”
Once finished, Inland Rail will support freight transit times of less than 24 hours between Melbourne and Brisbane. The 1,700 km line is Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project, and will be the key to unlocking regional Australia’s economic potential.
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