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Abigroup Alliance awarded Epping to Thornleigh Third Track Project

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Abigroup, as part of an alliance team including Transport for New South Wales and Leighton Contractors, has been awarded a $265 million contract to construct a third rail track and associated infrastructure between Epping and Thornleigh in north-western Sydney. The value to Abigroup under the alliance contract is circa $132 million.

The project forms part of the Australian and NSW government’s Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program to improve the capacity and reliability for freight trains on the Main North Line between North Strathfield in Sydney and Broadmeadow in Newcastle.

As part of the project, the alliance team will design, construct and commission approximately six kilometres of new track, signalling and overhead wiring adjacent to the main northern rail line between Epping and Thornleigh train stations.

Lend Lease Chief Executive Officer, Construction and Infrastructure Australia, David Saxelby, said; “Abigroup’s record of successfully delivering important transport infrastructure in NSW makes the company an ideal partner to deliver this project.

“When complete the new track will provide much needed relief to the East Coastrail freight networkwhich will deliverlong term economic benefits and productivity improvements for Australia through increased capacity and improved travel times,” said Mr Saxelby.

The project scope includes:

• Construction of approximately six kilometres of new track on the western side of the existing track;
• An upgrade of Cheltenham Station;
• Modifications to the pedestrian underpass and commuter car park at Beecroft Station;
• Construction of a new rail bridge crossing the M2 Motorway and Devlins Creek;
• Extension of Pennant Hills Station concourse and a new lift;
• Widening of the alignment;
• Modifications to existing services within the rail corridor and in some public areas; and
• Upgrade of signalling and overhead wiring structures.

Construction work on the project will commence later this year, subject to planning approval, and is due for completion in 2016.

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