Leighton Contractors has secured a contract of worth A$100m to construct a train support facility at Hexham in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, for rail freight operator Aurizon.
Under the contract, Leighton will build a train provisioning facility, a combined maintenance building, signalling and power infrastructure, 26 turnouts and 11km of plain-line tracks.
The new train facility will allow Aurizon to manage its coal haulage fleet in the Hunter Valley as well as provide servicing, routine maintenance and provisioning of fuel, water and other supplies.
It will feature shunting and temporary stabling areas which will alleviate local rail network capacity pressures.
Work on the train provisioning facility and related track infrastructure is expected to be completed in late 2014, while the combined maintenance facility and track work is scheduled for completion in March 2015.
Leighton Holdings CEO Hamish Tyrwhitt said: "The project, which involves civil, track and other expertise, demonstrates the Leighton Group’s diverse skills and its capability in delivering rail transport infrastructure that is vital to the country’s growth.
Leighton Contractors managing director Craig Laslett said: "This project will improve operations and supply chain efficiency for our client and deliver wider benefits across the Hunter Valley coal freight network.
"The project will also draw on Leighton Contractors’ strong history of delivering rail and mine infrastructure for clients in and servicing the resources sector."
Image: The new train facility will allow Aurizon to manage its coal haulage fleet in the Hunter Valley. Photo: courtesy of Leighton Contractors Pty Limited.