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As an environmentally friendly and cost-effective mode of transport, rail is a critical ingredient in creating sustainable and liveable cities. Yet the sheer technical complexity and accreditation requirements involved mean there aren’t many operators in Australia who can deliver rail projects successfully.
ACCIONA, a global leader in sustainable infrastructure solutions, has delivered major rail projects in all states of Australia, with rail experience and capability in every region of the nation.
“Our rail team provide a comprehensive range of services in the areas of track, signalling, overhead wiring, power and all associated rail systems,” said Sean Bonham, ACCIONA’s Executive General
Manager of the South West region. “You don’t need to look further than Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Projects and the multi-billion-dollar Southern Program Alliance for examples of the team’s extensive experience and expertise.”
ACCIONA is a partner in the Southern Program Alliance (SPA), one of five alliances setup to remove 110 level crossings across Melbourne by 2030. SPA is removing level crossings along Melbourne’s Frankston and Hurstbridge lines. Beyond simply removing level crossings, the $4 billion package of work includes building new stations, road bridges, substations and train storage facilities, duplicating sections of track, upgrading track and signalling infrastructure, and constructing new community spaces, recreational facilities and shared-use paths.
“The project is improving safety for road users and pedestrians and reducing congestion to make travel easier for people who use public transport, walk, cycle or drive,” said Sean. “It’s projects like these that will improve the lives of Australians by delivering truly sustainable infrastructure solutions.”
The ACCIONA Rail team’s proven track record of delivering high-quality projects on time and within budget extends beyond their multi-decade experience in Victoria.
In Western Australia, the Bayswater and Armadale alliances are providing improved connectivity.
In New South Wales, ACCIONA has completed the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track and Continuum Alliance and the Sydney Light Rail, which has transformed the city centre and the transport links south of the city.
In South Australia, ACCIONA recently completed the electrification of the 42-kilometre-long passenger line between Adelaide's CBD and Gawler in the north. They have previously provided services on the Adelaide Metropolitan Rail Revitalisation, an extremely large and complex project that ultimately transformed the metropolitan passenger rail network.
At the heart of all ACCIONA’s rail projects is a commitment to delivering work that meets the highest safety, quality and sustainability standards.
“Prime examples in Australia are the Ballarat Line Upgrade, Murray Basin Rail Project, and the Shepparton Line Upgrade Alliances,” said Sean. “And once a project is delivered, as one of Australia’s premier rail contractors, ACCIONA is often commissioned to ensure high levels of asset maintenance are retained on the rail systems by undertaking minor works on a regular basis.”
Globally, ACCIONA’s history as a specialist in railroad infrastructure dates back to 1861. This deep pool of global expertise combines with a hands-on management style that enables quick and decisive action – a key factor in the company’s success in delivering rail projects across Australia.
“Yes, we have global backing and experience,” said Sean. “But it’s our local roots in each Australian state and region that are at the heart of our success. We have the local leadership and global expertise to continue delivering complex rail infrastructure projects of all sizes. And we are determined to do so in ways that leave positive legacies for Australian communities, furthering sustainable outcomes for future generations.”