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ODG provides integrated signalling capabilities for $500 million Sydney - Melbourne rail corridor up

01/03/2007

Corridor works on the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd's $500 million Sydney - Melbourne Rail Corridor Upgrade project, which will reduce transit time by up to two and a half hours and increase the line's freight transport capacity, has commenced.

The corridor activity signals one of the most important projects ever undertaken in Australia's rail history. O'Donnell Griffin, a leading provider of professional specialist industrial and commercial electrical solutions, has formed an alliance with engineers CW-DC to provide ARTC with an integrated rail signalling design, install, commission and maintenance capability. This capability will provide a single port of call to ARTC and the Australian rail industry in general.

ARTC has entered into an Alliance style contract, known as the South Improvement Alliance, with O’Donnell Griffin/CW-DC as providers of signalling services and John Holland/MVM as providers of Track and Civil services to encompass the whole of the $500 million upgrade program of works.

The O’Donnell Griffin/CW-DC alliance allows ARTC the flexibility to select designers unrestricted by specific rail technologies and provides the latter with an installation team comprising diversified technical knowledge and experience.

"The alliance allows us to deliver a first class solution which will contribute to the development of a world class system and deliver our clients an integrated vision for rail in Australia," said Francis Dwornik, Rail Systems Manager, O'Donnell Griffin.

O'Donnell Griffin's Railway Systems Division has provided professional engineering expertise to the rail industry since 1980. Customers include most rail corporations in all States of Australia and companies such as BHP, Freightcorp, John Holland Construction, Leighton Contractors and Multiplex.

ARTC's South Improvement Alliance contract will see the provision of about 220 kilometres of new passing loops, extensive upgrading of railway infrastructure and the modernisation of the line's signalling system.

The end result will see rail freight transport become more competitive on the Sydney - Melbourne Rail Corridor with increased line capacity, reduced transit times and increased rail market share of the multi-million dollar interstate freight transport market.

For further information, please contact Paula Downing on phone number (08) 9479 8894.

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