JOHN Holland has been awarded the $470 million construction program to complete the remaining eight sites for Victoria’s Inland Rail project.

Work includes the Inland Rail Beveridge to Albury (B2A) – Tranche 2 section of the project, including construction at Benalla, Euroa, Wandong, Hume Freeway – Tallarook and Seymour, and three further sites in Broadford.

The contract involves the replacement of bridges and lower tracks to allow the safe passage of double-stacked freight trains from Brisbane to Melbourne.

Euroa and Benalla railway station precincts will also undergo major transformations making them safer and more accessible for rail passengers with new platforms, pedestrian underpasses, and additional parking.

Construction for the B2A Tranche 2 section is due to start in early 2025 and is scheduled for completion in 2027.

CEO of Inland Rail, John Miller, said awarding the construction to John Holland was a major step forward with all 12 Victorian sites now under contract.

“Tranche 1 sites at Glenrowan, Wangaratta, Seymour are progressing well, and Barnawartha North is completed,” Mr Miller said.

“John Holland is currently carrying out early works and site investigations before kicking off Tranche 2 construction early in the new year.”

Inland Rail has spent more than $80 million in regional Victoria with 264 local businesses and employed more than 1120 people since construction of the project began.