Appointment to Australia’s biggest rail infrastructure project
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has appointed a Programme Management Office (PMO) provider to enhance governance processes and support decision-making for the once-in-a-generation Inland Rail project.
Inland Rail CEO Richard Wankmuller said the contract to deliver PMO services has been awarded to global professional services company Turner & Townsend, supported by SNC-Lavalin.
“We are very pleased to have the expertise of Turner & Townsend on board as we ramp up work on Australia’s biggest rail infrastructure project,” Mr Wankmuller said.
“With construction now underway on the Parkes to Narromine section and comprehensive design work progressing across other parts of the 1700km route, we welcome the additional structure and support that comes with the PMO being entrenched as a hub of the Inland Rail organisation.
“The PMO will assist us to develop robust and comprehensive approaches to project governance, assurance, project controls and reporting, as well as fine tune some of our existing processes, augment our current team, and help accelerate delivery of the overall Inland Rail Programme.
“The PMO is established in our Brisbane-based offices and has mobilised a ‘fast-start’ team to hit the ground running.”
Darren Munton, Director of Infrastructure, Australia and New Zealand for Turner & Townsend comments: “Our world-class PMO team, brings international best practice, experience and lessons learnt from local and global legacy projects including Western Sydney Airport, Sydney Metro, METRONET, Crossrail and High Speed 2,” Mr Munton said.
“These insights and lessons learnt will be shared with the Inland Rail team and will benefit the overall Program by creating an environment of continuous improvement, professional collaboration and innovation to address the challenges inherent in projects of this scale and complexity.”
Anooj Oodit, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for Turner & Townsend comments: “The opportunity to work on a transport development of this scale is significant. As well as transforming the movement of freight across Australia, Inland Rail will stimulate regional economies and generate employment opportunities. We are very proud to be part of this important national and transformational infrastructure program which will have a very positive impact on numerous local communities and the nation’s productivity.”
Paul Shepherd-Smith, Managing Director at SNC-Lavalin’s business in Australia, said: “We are proud to contribute to the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and a once-in-a-generation program of infrastructure works connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets. To win a project of such significance to the rail market and to Australia’s economic prosperity confirms our tremendous value that we can offer to clients in the country, enabled by our best-in-industry project delivery capabilities.”