With rail projects currently underway across the country, there are opportunities abound in the Australasian transport industry for businesses willing to invest time, energy and resources.
That’s the message from ICN’s Derek Lark, who says the Australasian transportation supply chain has unique, innovative, and comprehensive capabilities.
Rail, in particular, is a priority sector for ICN, who is working with state governments and consortiums in Victoria, Queensland, NSW, SA, WA and the ACT to provide centralised communication, support and information sharing between ICN and the industry.
‘With increased globalisation and tough competition from overseas, there is no denying that the Australasian rail industry is facing many challenges,’ Derek said.
‘It needs to become globally competitive, to secure both domestic and international projects, and access global supply chains.’
‘The rail industry needs a national – and international - focus on business opportunities, which ICN facilitates and supports though the establishment and implementation of industry activities related to the Australian rail industry development strategy - a set of improvement activities and initiatives being undertaken to help improve competitiveness and access to global opportunities.’
ICN has been closely involved in many rail projects during the planning, tender, procurement and delivery phases – helping Australian suppliers secure contracts that may otherwise have gone overseas.
Over the next few years, Transport for NSW will deliver Australia’s most ambitious and largest public transport project, with 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail throughout greater Sydney.
Sydney Metro is being built in stages, with major construction well underway for Stage 1 - Sydney Metro Northwest; and early work for Stage 2 – Sydney Metro City and SouthWest being rolled out through 2018. Each stage has a number of sub-stages, with new work packages being uploaded to Gateway.
The $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program, a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments, will upgrade stations, signalling and track across Victoria. It is a once-in-a- generation investment that will deliver major upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria and create over 1,000 jobs. For information on work packages, go to the Gateway page.
In Melbourne, the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project will create nearly 7,000 jobs, including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets; more than 88 per cent of the materials used to build the new tunnels and underground stations will be sourced locally; and 65 per cent of the project will be delivered by small and medium sized businesses. The Cross Yarra Partnership is currently calling for expressions of interest in any work packages.
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In the Sunshine State, early works have begun on the long-mooted Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane. As the construction phase rolls out, opportunities for both small and large work packages will be available on the Cross River website.
Further South, the Gold Coast Light Rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country. The Stage 2 extension to Helen Vale opened just before Christmas, with construction on Stage 3a, travelling south to Burleigh Heads, expected to begin in 2020, pending funding approval.
Over in the west, METRONET will transform Western Australia's public transport network and provide opportunities for local businesses that have the capability to help plan, develop and implement these projects.
It is the long-term blueprint to connect Perth suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet future planning needs. The job-creating project will see transport investment as a vehicle for positive land-use planning.
Interested businesses are encouraged to register for project updates on the METRONET Project site.
Stage 1 of the Canberra Light Rail project, linking Civic to the northern town centre of Gungahlin is well underway. Planning is currently underway for Stage 2, south to Woden via Parliament house, with four line variations being considered.
The project will generate up to 500 local jobs through direct employment and subcontractor arrangements, and as this is a new industry in Canberra, job opportunities have emerged in the construction and operation process, further diversifying Canberra's economy. More information is available on the Transport Canberra website.
In January 2018, Lendlease was appointed as the contractor for the design and construction of the first stage of the Gawler rail electrification project. The State Government has fully-funded the $152.5 million Stage One, which will involve electrifying the rail line to Salisbury and provide approximately 135 jobs a year during construction. The project comes under the Government's Industry Participation Policy, supporting local jobs and local contractors. While initial work packages on Gateway have closed, interested businesses are encouraged to subscribe to stay up-to-date.
‘With all this work happening, plus a number of pending and future rail industry opportunities, it is an exciting time for the Australasian transportation sector,’ Derek said.
‘And alongside all this, the Rail Manufacturers’ Cooperative Research Centre will develop products, technologies and supply chain networks to increase capability and increase the capability and global competitiveness of Australian rail manufacturers.’
‘As a sector we need to create a robust supply chain, driven by continuous improvement and provide innovative solutions, suppliers must embrace change and drive continuous improvement,’ Derek said.
This is all driven by the need for Australian suppliers to position themselves as innovative developers and integrators of technology, with world-class standards of safety, reliability, performance and efficiency.