Transport for NSW awarded Downer the Gosford Passing Loops Project which is one of four projects that form part of the broader Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) Program.
The NSFC Program is a jointly funded initiative of the Commonwealth and NSW governments to improve capacity and reliability of freight trains on the 155 kilometre rail line between North Strathfield and Newcastle.
This important stretch of track is part of Australia’s busiest rail corridor which services Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It is also the most serious bottleneck on the east coast interstate rail network.
Downer will be responsible for the design and construction of two new passing rail loops between Gosford and Narara. The scope of works includes:
- Civil construction in association with Robson Civil Projects including:
- Construction of two kilometres of track on both loops
- Construction of six new bridges and retaining walls
- Associated signalling and electrification works
The works are expected to be completed by mid-2015.
The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said: “Downer is pleased to be assisting Transport for NSW to deliver these important rail works which will benefit the passengers and businesses of New South Wales.”