Engineering firm WSP Australia has been appointed to deliver the reference design and accompanying primary approvals documentation for the Albury to Illabo and Stockinbingal to Parkes projects of the Inland Rail.
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Project Director Melvyn Maylin says this is an important step.
"A range of investigations will be delivered under the new contract, including ecological and geotechnical surveying, as well as scrutiny of impacts to cultural heritage, noise, air quality and utilities," he said.
"The benefits of combining the two Inland Rail projects into the same service provider package is that both sections are enhancement projects in existing rail corridors, rather than new construction."
Mr Maylin said a recent EY report reinforces how Inland Rail will better link the regions around the A2I and S2P projects to national and global markets and generate new opportunities for producers and industry.
"The EY report predicts the southern NSW region will benefit from a boost of an additional $3-3.8 billion in gross regional product throughout Inland Rail's first 50 years of operation," he said.
The first packages of work for Stockinbingal to Parkes are expected to be tendered in late 2021.
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