A $40-million dollar contract to supply concrete tunnel segments for the Cross River Rail has been awarded. The project will see the precast segments manufactured at a facility in Wacol.
Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones announced on 20 December 2019 the awarding of the contract to Wagners, a Toowoomba-based construction company. For a period of nine months, Wagners will manufacture all the precast concrete tunnel segments at its facility in Wacol.
The segments will be installed in the 5.9km of twin tunnels of the rail line under the Brisbane River and CBD.
“Cross River Rail is a world class project that demands the very best and this is a great example of how we already have globally-recognised companies right here in Queensland that can rise to the challenge.”
“Wagners are really proud to be associated with the Cross River Rail project, which is going to deliver incredible benefits for the South East Queensland passenger transport network, along with the creation of job opportunities for many throughout the region,” Wagners CEO, Cameron Coleman said.
“We have been following this project for a long time now, and we are very excited to be able commence production from our precast manufacturing facility at Wacol next year.”
Manufacturing of the precast concrete tunnel segments will commence in late 2020. Wagners is expected to deliver the first supply in January 2021.
Ms Jones described the awarding of contract as “just the beginning’ of opportunities for Queensland-based companies; this was echoed by Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
“We have awarded contracts for three major works packages and construction. Consortiums that have been awarded those contracts are now sub-contracting works to a wide variety of companies as workforces are established at sites right across the city,” Mr Newton said.