Martinus Rail to deliver Inland Rail enhancement works between Albury and Parkes

The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to get Inland Rail back on track starting with completing the line between Beveridge in Victoria and Parkes in New South Wales by 2027.

Australian owned company Martinus Rail has been awarded a $403.5 million contract to design and deliver enhancement works on the 183 kilometres of track between Albury to Illabo and the 170 kilometres of track between Stockinbingal to Parkes.

These vital works include enhancements to station precincts in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Forbes, bridge upgrades, track lowering and slews, and an additional crossing loop at Daroobalgie to create the height and width clearances required for doubled-stacked freight trains.

On-site works are planned to commence between Stockinbingal and Parkes by late-2023 with works between Albury and Illabo planned to commence by mid-2024. Construction will only proceed once final approvals are obtained.

The Government’s continued investment in Inland Rail is creating new opportunities for local businesses and communities in New South Wales to participate in and benefit from the delivery of Inland Rail.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

"The Australian Government is committed to getting the delivery of Inland Rail back on track.

"With this contract we are living up to our commitment to prioritise the completion of Inland Rail south of Parkes by 2027."

Quotes attributable to Finance Minister Katy Gallagher:

"Progressing the Inland Rail stages south of Parkes will unlock the benefits of Inland Rail sooner, creating local jobs and boosting regional communities.

"Inland Rail is supporting Australian companies, with more than $2.7 billion in contracts already awarded to over 400 suppliers and businesses across the country."