The New South Wales Government has announced it has awarded Macmahon Holdings/Bouygues Travaux Publics Australia partnership the $260 million project to deliver the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project.


The contract will see the construction of a new rail underpass, 3.2 kilometres of new track, civil and associated rail systems works and an upgrade of Concord West Station.


The works form part of the North Sydney Freight Corridor Program, a Commonwealth and NSW government initiative to improve capacity and reliability of freight trains on the Main North Line between Sydney and Newcastle.


The structure of the contract will ensure the joint venture recovers the costs of the project, with the margin to be determined based on performance against pre-agreed targets.


Macmahon Chief Executive Officer Ross Carroll said the project built on the Company’s proven credentials in delivering major infrastructure projects in New South Wales.


“Today’s contract award is a strong endorsement of the Macmahon team in New South Wales, which have successfully delivered a range of public infrastructure projects over recent years,” he said.


The project will employ about 400 people directly, with works to start immediately. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2015.