Consultation team announced for inland railway

The ARTC announces consultation team for Melbourne to Brisbane railway study

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has moved to another phase in its Melbourne to Brisbane railway study by announcing a consultation team to examine issues involving the project.

The government body has named Parsons Brinckerhoff, Connell Wagner and Halcrow as the lead technical consultants, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, ACIL Tasman and SAHA as the financial and economic consultants.

The consultants will look at the technical factors relating to the railway, as well as engineering and environmental impacts and the financial and economic benefits of the project.

A statement from the ARTC says it will follow the far western sub-corridor identified by the North-South Rail Corridor Study as it develops a detailed route alignment.

The corporation will also consider the needs of stakeholders, including state governments, industry groups, local government and major rail customers.
The study is intended to provide the public and private sectors with information to guide future investment decisions by including likely demand and estimated construction costs.

The Federal Government earlier this year tasked the ARTC to undertake a study to determine the preferred alignment and the likely success of the cross-border multi-billion dollar standard gauge railway.

The Government set aside $15 million to complete the study by mid to late 2009.

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