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Ferrovial has been awarded $1.6b Toowoomba Second Range Crossing toll road project in Queensland

Category: General / 27 August 2015

Ferrovial - through Cintra Infrastructure and Ferrovial Agroman - is a member of the Nexus consortium which has been awarded the contract for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a 41km highway in Toowoomba, Queensland

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is the largest Australian Government funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland's history. Addressing a recognised constraint in the National Land Transport Network, the TSRC will ensure freight efficiencies and significantly improve driver safety and community amenity by removing heavy vehicles from the central business district of Australia's second largest inland city, Toowoomba.

The TSRC road bypass route to the north of Toowoomba will connect the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west, via Charlton.

It is the centre piece of major economic development taking place in south-western Queensland and will create a safer, faster and more efficient route for connecting freight to major ports and markets. The TSRC will help to reduce congestion in Toowoomba's Central Business District, diverting heavy vehicles from local streets, improving efficiency and driver safety.

The TSRC will deliver significant economic benefits for the region and will support local employment and the local supply chain.

The key features of Nexus Infrastructure's TSRC design solution include:

  • Four lanes from Warrego Highway East Interchange to Warrego Highway West
  • Grade separated interchanges at Warrego Highway West, Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road and Gore Highway
  • A grade separated connection to Mort Street
  • An approximately 30-metre deep cutting at the top of the  Toowoomba Range will be constructed as an alternative to the tunnel solution as detailed in the reference design to allow all heavy vehicles, including dangerous goods and over-dimensional vehicles to use the TSRC
  • An 800m viaduct built over the existing Queensland Rail line
  • Continuity of the New England Highway through a new bridge over the cutting.

The Nexus Infrastructure consortium consists of Plenary Group, Cintra Infraestructuras Internacional S.L., Acciona Concesiones S.L., Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Ferrovial Agroman Australia and Transfield Services (Australia). The consortium brings together the ideal balance of global leaders in road construction and social infrastructure with a track record of successful local project delivery, and will combine with local Queensland-based resources.

TSRC will be Cintra's first investment in Australia, which would strengthen its presence and position for future opportunities in the market.

Cintra is a leading company in the private infrastructure sector around the world, by number of projects and managed investment. Currently Cintra operates more than 2,180km of highways in Canada, USA and Europe. Cintra is the main shareholder in 407 ETR highway in Ontario, Canada, with 43.23% stake.

The concession term for the TSRC is 25 years from construction completion. The contractual documentation was finalised on 21st August and the financial close was signed today 25th August.

Nexus Infrastructure will finalise its design and procurement and begin site establishment works along the corridor in 2015 with construction works expected to commence in early 2016 with the roadway scheduled to open in 2018.

You    can    find    more    information    in    the    TSRC    website:   

 http://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/projects-infrastructure/projects/toowoomba-second-range-crossing

and in Nexus Consortium website:

http://www.nexustsrc.com.au/

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