A Note From Clint – May 2019
May 28, 2019

Ballarat Line Upgrade: The Railroad to Opportunity

 

INTREC were recently engaged by Coleman Rail and Lendlease Engineering, along with Kyriacou Architects and SMEC Consultants to deliver a Greenstar-certified open plan office fitout as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade Major Works Project.

Including staff amenities, utilities, storage and training facilities, the refurbishment provides a modern environment to house staff.

The Maddingley House project, coupled with previous projects such as the Pacific National Enfield Yard Office Alterations in NSW mark INTREC’s early steps into Rail fitout projects.

In the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government established the $10 billion National Rail Program, a major, long-term commitment to invest in passenger rail networks in our big cities, and between our cities and their surrounding regional centres.

The 10-year National Rail Program is designed to help make our cities more liveable and efficient as they grow, reduce the burden on our roads, provide more reliable transport networks and support our efforts to decentralise our economy and grow regional Australia.

The Australian Government is continuing its record investment in urban and regional passenger rail infrastructure to ease congestion in our cities and ensure people can efficiently connect to regional centres. In the 2019-20 Budget the Government has allocated $3.5 billion to the Western Sydney North South Rail Link and $2 billion for fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne.

The Australian Government is also leading the way on fast rail to better connect capital cities to surrounding regional centres. This will help drive economic growth in our regions by allowing people to access the lifestyle, amenity and affordable housing benefits of regional towns while connecting them to larger employment markets and specialist services in capital cities.

The National Rail Program has been fully committed. Projects funded under the National Rail Program include:

-$3.5 billion for Western Sydney Rail (St Marys to Bringelly).

-$2.5 billion towards a Melbourne Airport Rail Link (with another $2.5 billion from the Infrastructure Investment Program).

-$2 billion to help deliver fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne.

-$1.1 billion to develop further stages of the METRONET in Perth.

-$475 million to construct a line in the Monash Precinct in Melbourne.

-$390 million to upgrade the Beerburrum to Nambour line in Queensland.

-$225 million to duplicate and electrify the Frankston to Baxter line in Melbourne.

-$220 million to complete the electrification of the Gawler line in Adelaide.

-$112 million for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A.

Australian Government funding for further passenger rail projects, including fast rail projects, will be considered under the 10-year rolling Infrastructure Investment Program.

INTREC understand that the Australian Government’s financial commitment The National Rail Program will foreseeably result in fitout, refurbishment and construction works at stations, depots and alike. With INTREC’s initial Rail fitout projects delivered within programme and to a high standard, the company is poised to explore future opportunities in Rail from the success of these works.

If you’d like to discuss INTREC’s Rail capabilities further, please get in touch with Amy Williams, National Client Relationship Manager at amy.williams@intrec.com.au or call 0451 155 663.