The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the largest Australian Government funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland’s history. The $1.6 billion project is a 41km road bypass route to the north of Toowoomba. When finished, it will connect the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. Over the last few years, EPH trucks, plant and services have been mobilised across the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. Due for completion in mid 2019, this project will offer better connectivity and transport routes for the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland. EPH was heavily involved in the material haulage package of work for the project, where tandems, 8-wheelers, 10-wheelers, semi-tippers, ejector trucks and truck & dog combos were utilised.
The Sydney Metro is the biggest public transport project in Australia to date. The metro will add 66km of standalone metro railway to Sydney’s transport network, making room for more than 100,000 extra customers every hour. The project is currently broken into 2 stages, the Metro Northwest and the Metro City and Southwest, with the Metro Northwest stage expected to be completed by mid 2019. The second stage, the Metro Southwest, has only just commenced excavation in late 2017 with planned completion in 2024. The combined Metro projects are expected to cost around $20 billion dollars. Eastern Plant Hire is currently in contract with the operators of the Metro City and Southwest project. We are predominantly undertaking work relating to the transport of material to and from the various construction sites.
Eastern Plant Hire is currently working with the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), an alliance made up of CPB Contractors and, John Holland and AECOM. The alliance is set to complete $1 billion worth of infrastructure work for the $11 billion Metro Tunnel project. The RIA is tasked with completing a works package that includes building the tunnel entrances at Kensington and South Yarra, as well as a new platform at West Footscray. The works also include associated suburban rail upgrades that will maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel by providing more services for all passengers. This includes reconfiguration and realignment of existing tracks, and modification of existing rail infrastructure such as signaling and overhead line equipment to accommodate metro trains. Eastern Plant Hire have committed trucks and earthmoving equipment to the project. Thanks to our extensive network of subcontractor drivers we are able to keep up with the demands of the various RIA construction sites and help keep the work on time and on budget.
Major construction on the $512 million Logan Enhancement Project began in 2017 (under CPB Contractors), where Eastern Plant Hire’s plant and expertise have been utilised for various parts of the Queensland-based project. EPH trucks were used throughout the day and night, with our night crew often smashing out 4,000T of profiling before each new day begins. The major congestion-busting project, powered by over 1300 local jobs, is anticipated to deliver around $1 billion in economic benefits for Queensland over the next 30 years. With the major arterial linking the south and west to Brisbane seeing almost 150,000 vehicles each day the upgrade is needed now more than ever. The Logan Enhancement Project involves numerous upgrades and new roadway features including interchange upgrades, the installation of new safety components and barriers, and the upgrade and relocation of various on and off-ramps.