Martinus Rail to develop $300m Rail Corridor Program
The Australian Government announced that Australian owned and operated, Martinus Rail, has been selected to deliver approximately 570km of track linking Narromine in New South Wales and Gowrie in Queensland. This includes the following sections:
- Narromine to Narrabri, NSW
- Narrabri to North Star, NSW – Phase 2
- North Star to Border, NSW
- Border, NSW to Gowrie, QLD.
Martinus Rail are a family-owned and operated business specialising in the delivery of medium to large-scale rail infrastructure and systems, with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Chile.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have entered into the Collaborative Framework Agreement with Martinus to develop a Rail Corridor Program with an estimated value of more than $300 million.
This appointment, at this time, allows Martinus to maximise local jobs and procurement, and they will soon be seeking partnerships with businesses and skilled operators that can support its delivery.
‘We have a long history of local spending – last year 84 per cent of our spend was with small Australian-owned businesses. We have seen firsthand the benefits of working with local suppliers and manufacturers … and our approach remains the same here’, said Martinus Chief Executive and Founder, Treaven Martinus.
The Rail Corridor Program is expected to provide work for an estimated 600 people who will lay 1.7 million tonnes of ballast and 80,000 tonnes of steel rail, and install nearly 950,000 Australian made concrete sleepers.
Local member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said that ‘rail works will directly benefit the communities from Narromine in New South Wales, right through to the Queensland border’.
As an Australian owned and operated business, the appointment of Martinus means that skills, investment and knowledge gained as a result of this contract will remain in Australia.
If you are interested in becoming a supplier for Inland Rail, please visit the Australian Rail Track Corporation opportunities page.