New alliance for $236M western Sydney rail project

The NSW government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (TIDC) has formed the Richmond Line Alliance (RLA) with a group of engineering and construction majors comprising Macmahon Holdings subsidiary MVM Rail, Leighton Contractors, Maunsell AECOM, Sinclair Knight Mertz and Ansaldo STS. The contract will include the construction of more than 3km of new railway track, a new Schofields railway station with a bus interchange and parking areas, and new pedestrian level crossings at Quakers Hill station. Macmahon chief executive Nick Bowen said this was MVM Rail’s second alliance with TIDC and Leighton Contractors in Sydney. He said the RLA would commence early investigative works and design immediately, with construction expected to start early in 2009, to be completed by the end of 2011.This is the second major contract announcement from Macmahon in as many days, with the contractor saying yesterday it had been awarded the $89 million contract for Stage 2 of the Tiger Brennan Drive Extension project in Darwin. The Tiger Brennan Drive Extension project includes the design and construction of 7.5km of roadworks, including a four-lane dual highway from Berrimah Road to the Stuart Highway, and a grade separated interchange with provision for pedestrians.Macmahon, which is currently completing Stage 1 of the project, will work with SKM to start the Stage 2 detailed design process immediately. Construction is scheduled to get underway early next year to enable the project to be completed in 2010.

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