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January 23, 2013

Downer EDI to upgrade rail infrastructure in New South Wales

Engineering firm Downer EDI has won a A$90m ($94.9m) contract from Transport for New South Wales in Australia to carry out rail infrastructure work in the state.

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Engineering firm Downer EDI has won a A$90m ($94.9m) contract from Transport for New South Wales in Australia to carry out rail infrastructure work in the state.

Under the deal, Downer will design and build two new passing rail loops between Gosford and Narara.

The contract is one of four projects awarded by Transport for NSW as part of the broader Northern Sydney Freight Corridor (NSFC) project.

Downer said that the track is part of Australia’s busiest rail corridor, linking Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and has the most serious bottlenecks on the country’s east coast.

"Downer will design and build two new passing rail loops between Gosford and Narara."

The company will also be responsible for earthworks, as well as civil construction in collaboration with Robson Civil Projects, including building 2km of track on both loops, six new bridges and retaining walls.

The works, which also include associated signalling, electrification works and commissioning, are scheduled to be completed by mid-2015.

Downer chief executive officer Grant Fenn said: "Downer is pleased to be assisting Transport for NSW to deliver these important rail works, which will benefit the passengers and businesses of New South Wales."

Jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government, the NSFC project is intended to improve capacity and reliability of freight trains on the 155km rail line between North Strathfield and Newcastle.

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