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Prime Minister tours Toowoomba Second Range Crossing works

Category: General / 20 January 2017

There was great excitement on site this week when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh visited the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing's (TSRC) Mort Street works at Cranley for an update on the project's progress and to meet some of the people constructing the 41km toll road.

Nexus Chief Executive Officer John Hagan said the VIP guests were full of praise for the project and benefits to the region.

"The Prime Minister was pleased to see infrastructure investment creating opportunities for regional Australia including employment, a safer and faster road transport network, and ongoing economic benefits which promote regional growth and development for the Darling Downs," Mr Hagan said.

The TSRC has hit the ground running in 2017 with bulk excavation, haulage and construction works underway across the full project alignment, including the Mort Street interchange where the Prime Minister met people on the ground.

Nexus Project Director Jose Antonio Sanchez said it was an honour to meet the Prime Minister and Dr McVeigh, who both took the time to speak with Nexus staff and subcontractors about the project.

"The Prime Minister was particularly interested in how the TSRC was helping to shape the careers of staff working on the project and developing strong skills for the lasting benefit of the region," Mr Sanchez said.

The Prime Minister visited the TSRC project as part of a wider tour of Toowoomba that included the opening of Vanguard Laundry Services, which employs out-of-work people with lived experience of mental illness.

About Nexus

Nexus Infrastructure was awarded the contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in August 2015. Nexus Infrastructure comprises a consortium of global leaders with extensive experience in road construction and social infrastructure, plus a track record of successful local project delivery.

Nexus Delivery is the Construction Joint Venture of Nexus Infrastructure, and is responsible for the design and construction of the project. Nexus Delivery consists of Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Ferrovial Agroman.

Nexus Infrastructure has entered into a Public-Private Partnership with the Australian and Queensland Governments, who are jointly funding the delivery of the $1.6 billion project on an 80:20 funding split arrangement.

This cost covers the full design and construction of the toll road, including road and pavements, cuttings, structures and underground services, plus a 25 year operation and maintenance contract.

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