Inland Rail is the missing link in Australia's national supply chain. It will complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing transit times of less than 24 hours for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Australian Government selected the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail, in partnership with the private sector.
Comprising 13 projects and spanning 1,700km from Melbourne to Brisbane, Inland Rail will transform how we move goods around our vast country, creating more opportunities for regions to connect to cities and businesses to markets.
Narrabri to North Star Project
The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section involves an upgrade to approximately 186km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 2.3km of a new rail corridor.
The works are required to accommodate the operation of 1,800m-long double-stacked freight trains. This project crosses the three Local Government Areas of Gwydir, Narrabri and Moree Plains.
The works are divided into two packages:
- 2600-0018 N2NS SP1 Works Package (Called ‘SP1’)
- 2600-0019 N2NS SP2 Structures Package (Called ‘SP2’)
For more information on the N2NS project visit https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/N2NS.
The alignment (pertaining to SP1)
N2NS SP1 is a brownfield section and involves upgrading works within the existing ARTC rail corridor.
Key features include:
- upgrading approximately 171km of track and formation within the existing rail corridor
- constructing two new road over rail bridges at Moree (Jones Ave) and Bellata (Newell Highway)
- constructing 5 new crossing loops with associated maintenance sidings
- constructing 220 rail culverts, 98 road culverts, 3 irrigation crossings
- constructing 8 under-bridges, 1 of which are major super-T structure to 30TAL
- upgrading, relocating or consolidating 76 level crossings including 5 pedestrian crossings
- relocating utilities and mitigating impacts at 470 locations
- modifying Moree and Narrabri stations.
- Release of Expression of Interest (EOI) documents for Principal Contractor - 4 Oct 2019
- Host Industry Briefings in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne - 11, 14 and 17 Oct 2019
- Close of the EOI - 1 Nov 2019
- Finalisation of the shortlisted contractors and upload of Request for Tender (RFT) plus all documentation to TenderLink - 22 Nov 2019
- Release of RFT documents to shortlisted contractors - 29 Nov 2019
- Close of the RFT - 21 Feb 2020
- Award contract - 26 Jun 2020
- Mobilise to site - 1 Sep 2020
ARTC announced the shortlisting of three construction firms to deliver the main works contract on 3 December 2019. The proponents include:
- Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd
- RailFirst (a Downer EDI and Seymour Whyte joint venture)
- Trans4m Rail (a Rhomberg Rail Australia, BGC Contracting and SEE Civil joint venture
Local and Indigenous suppliers
ARTC is committed to creating sustainable economic development and employment opportunities for local and Indigenous suppliers by maximising their opportunities to participate in the project.
ARTC (and its Contractors) will provide ‘full, fair and reasonable opportunity’ for capable and competitive local and Indigenous suppliers to compete for work or participate in global supply chains.
Compliance with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016
The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 applies to the building work associated with this project. By submitting an expression of interest in, or tender for, this project, you will become subject to the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.
Potential subcontractors shall be required to complete a declaration of compliance before a code covered entity invites expression of interest or tenders or enters into a subcontract for Commonwealth Funded Building Work.
Registration of Interest (ROI) opportunities
The Work Packages section below contains a list of indicative opportunities produced by ARTC and may not be an accurate reflection of the actual opportunities offered by the project’s Principal Contractor.
Local and Indigenous businesses interested in supplying to the project as subcontractors and suppliers are encouraged to register their interest against the applicable work package/s listed below.
Suppliers should note:
• This is an initial ROI to supply to the project.
• They must have an ICN Gateway company profile which is complete, up-to-date and accurate in order to register their interest. Incomplete registrations may not be considered. Information on how to register your business or submit an expression of interest on ICN Gateway is provided below.
• All ROI will be provided to Proponents invited to tender on the N2NS-SP1 project and may also be included in a project-specific supply market analysis being prepared by the Industry Capability Network (ICN).
• ARTC, ICN and the N2NS-SP1 Principal Contractor have no contractual or other legal obligation to the suppliers arising out of the ROI process with respect to the consideration, evaluation, acceptance or rejection of any registration of interest, or the failure to consider, evaluate or accept any registration of interest.
It is important that businesses registering their interest are aware that their registration does not guarantee that they will progress further in any procurement processes. ARTC and the N2NS-SP1 Principal Contractor have broad discretion to suspend, vary or terminate the procurement process or the N2NS-SP1 Project, decline to consider or review any registrations of interest or negotiate with and enter into a contract with any other party for the performance of a Works Package.
ICN Gateway company registration
Register a new company profile on ICN Gateway here.
Your company profile on ICN Gateway is used to assess your ability to complete projects - please ensure that your business invests the time and energy required to represent itself in the most effective manner possible when completing your company profile.
Support and assistance are available through the organisations listed below.
Details for supplier capability development initiatives including workshops in support of developing Business Capability Statements and responding to tenders will be communicated via this ICN Gateway project page.
Industry Capability Network (ICN) New South Wales
ARTC strongly encourages suppliers to contact ICN in the first instance to gain an understanding of the ROI process and development programs, such as their ICN Gateway Profile Improvement workshops.