Arup has been awarded a $7 million contract to work with Transport for NSW delivering design work for the widening of the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri. The works are intended to improve safety and journey reliability along this section of the Newell corridor, which is a vital route for intrastate and interstate passenger and freight vehicles. The contract will see Arup manage field survey, geotechnical testing and the environmental assessment for the widening project.
Infrastructure NSW has published its updated NSW Major Projects Infrastructure Pipeline. The update incorporates all NSW Government infrastructure projects with a minimum capital value of over $50 million expected to come to market over the next three to five years. There is also an ‘In Planning’ section providing a forward view of infrastructure valued at over $50 million that the NSW Government has committed to commence planning for.
In South Australia, enabling works have commenced on the Torrens to Darlington (T2D) project. This includes the relocation of utilities infrastructure to prepare a staging area and launch site for T2D's Southern Tunnel. T2Dt forms a major element of the North-South Corridor project, the most significant infrastructure project ever undertaken in SA. When completed, the T2D section will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights and save motorists an average of 24 minutes in journey time.
Western Australia's State Government has announced its preferred tenderer to design and construct the new Midland station. The project will be delivered by the Midland Junction Alliance, a consortium comprising of RA Members McConnell Dowell Constructors, Georgiou Group, Arcadis Australia and BG&E. The works will involve the demolition of the existing Midland station and its replacement by a three platform facility that also incorporates a pedestrian overpass, bus interchange, multi-storey car park and cycling facilities. The works are expected to commence later this year, with completion due in late 2022 or mid-2023.
Industry and community feedback is now being sought in Tasmania on several projects designed to reduce congestion on the Southern Outlet between Kingston and the Hobart CBD. The projects all form part of the Hobart City Deal, and include the addition of lane extra capacity on the Southern Outlet and in central Hobart, park and ride facilities and dedicated cycling infrastructure. Consultation on the designs is open until 27 September.
CIMIC Group's UGL has secured a NZ$600 million contract which will see it operate passenger rail services in Auckland for an initial period of eight years. Together with joint venture partner ComfortDelGro Transit, UGL will be responsible for the provision of drivers and other train staff, development of timetables, station operations and maintenance, security, customer facing activities and revenue protection. The joint venture will also assume responsibility for the maintenance of rolling stock from 2025.
The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle (ADVI) Summit – supported by Transport for NSW, the Federal Government, Volvo and the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) – will be a two-day virtual event on 18-19 October. The event was originally to be held in Sydney, but because of COVID-related uncertainty will now move fully online. Topics to be covered include a national policy approach to readying Australia for driverless vehicles, autonomous vehicles in defence and mining, making the network driverless-ready, and road safety for autonomous vehicles. Find out more about the program and the ADVI Summit here.
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