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Port Botany Rail Duplication Tender Puts Jobs On Track

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

Date: Thursday, 3 September 2020

Construction of the Port Botany rail line duplication between Mascot and Botany in New South Wales is a step closer, with the design and construct tender package released today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the significant infrastructure project, led by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), would create much-needed local jobs while providing a long-term freight productivity boost.

“The Australian Government is fully funding the $400 million Botany Rail duplication and accompanying Cabramatta Loop Project to allow more freight to be transported by rail through Port Botany to meet Sydney’s future freight demand,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Botany Rail Duplication will upgrade and duplicate the current single freight rail track between Mascot and Botany to increase the capacity of Sydney’s freight rail network while bolstering operational efficiency, flexibility and reliability for freight customers.

“This will create more than 400 jobs during construction and provide a welcome boost to all the hard-working local businesses who use the rail line to get their products to markets.

“We’re talking a wide range of local jobs – traffic controllers, track workers, labourers, security, engineers and a number of tradies such as electricians, formwork carpenters, boiler makers and plant mechanics will all be needed to deliver the new rail track and associated infrastructure.

“We know every single job we support makes a world of difference to that person, their family and the entire community, which is why I am thrilled to see this project launch into the construction phase – with this tender release to market paving the way for works to start next year.

“This a great example of how our record $100 billion nationwide investment in infrastructure is creating local jobs and driving growth right when it’s needed most.”

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the project would help meet Australia’s growing freight requirements and support local businesses while taking traffic off Sydney’s roads to make them safer and less congested.

“COVID-19 has demonstrated the essential contribution of Australia’s freight industry and supply chains, driving economic growth and opportunity by getting local goods to markets and keeping shelves stocked,” Minister Cormann said.

“Australia’s freight requirements are set to grow significantly over the coming decades. While this is great news for the industry and the Australian economy, it will place increasing pressure on our roads.

“I look forward to this transformative project getting underway so that Sydney, New South Wales and our national supply chain can reap the benefits.”

In late 2019, ARTC released an open invitation for Expressions of Interest and shortlisted three construction contractors following a robust evaluation process.

Shortlisted companies that have been requested to submit formal tenders for the Botany Rail Duplication works are: 

  • CPB Contractors
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia
  • John Holland

The tender for the Cabramatta Loop Project will be released later this year.

For more information or to register to receive project updates, visit


Media Contact(s)

For Minister Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139
For the Deputy Prime Minister – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860