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05 May 2019

Global Rail Australia Launches New Rail Division for Track Construction and Welding

Global Rail Australia Pty Limited is pleased to announce the launch of its new Track Construction Division. The division will be managed by the company’s latest team member – Richard Needham – who has joined the business in the role of Rail Manager.

This exciting new division, will specialise in aluminothermic welding, track construction and maintenance, including the delivery of safe working services, inspection and track handback.

Global Rail Australia have a number of in-house experts, that are able to cover every aspect of track construction maintenance and renewals from component exchange through to major re-railing activities. These teams have proven project delivery for a vast range of rail clients; providing bespoke solutions to meet their requirements.

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Global Rail Australia is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a household name in Australia, as a provider of design, construct and commission services for clients across a wide range of engineering and infrastructure industries including Mainline, Metro and Light Rail Systems and Utilities, whilst also offering general contracting and building services in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The company already operates across a number of disciplines, which include civil and structural engineering incorporating maintenance and renewal, building, mechanical, electrical and power; now adding track construction to its suite of services, and provides a full test and commission service, for rail and wider infrastructure industry clients.

Global Rail Australia is able to offer either divisional specific disciplines, or a fully managed turnkey solution across its range of activities including design and specialise in the installation, commissioning and testing of critical rail infrastructure.

Global Rail Australia’s in house expertise and flexible management approach, based on decades of engineering and delivering solutions has resulted in us providing a value added service. We have successfully delivered a range of projects for a variety of clients in both the public and private sectors, including rail network operators through to major infrastructure organisations.

A delighted CEO Ivan Holloway, also added:

“The addition of a track construction division, allows us to provide a more comprehensive and effective delivery model to the Australian railway sector. To do this, Global Rail Australia has secured the necessary expertise, to be able to provide the essential know-how to deliver track construction works either as a standalone discipline, or as part of a wider multi-disciplinary contract.

“Over the years, I have seen Global Rail Australia grow into a partner of choice in the rail market. I want it to be seen as an innovative business that invests in both its technology and its people for the future.

I believe that our lasting relationships and the diverse, yet flexible multi-disciplinary offering of Global Rail Australia, will continue to underpin the company’s growth and provide the very best value for money service for our clients.”

05 Feb 2019

Framework Contract Successes for Global Rail Australia

Global Rail Australia is pleased to announce it has had further successes with the award of a number of high profile frameworks:

VicTrack – Metropolitan Mobile Radio

Global Rail Australia and Dali Wireless have entered into a 4 year agreement to provide equipment and technical support services to VicTrack for their Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) network, which includes safety critical equipment for the rail protection officers.

Global Rail are delighted to enter into this exciting partnership with Dali Wireless and their foray into the Australian marketplace – we hope to build on this relationship.

Dali Wireless Inc. is headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA and in Vancouver, Canada, and is a privately held company. Dali products are based on patented technology developed by a team of seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in wireless telecommunications. Dali‘s software configurable digital Distributed Antenna System (DAS) provides seamless mobile coverage and capacity for today’s high-speed voice and data wireless networks. Dali has a game-changing flexible DAS network architecture, resulting in exceptionally low total cost of ownership: simple installation, lower maintenance cost and seamless network upgrade and expansion.

Sydney Metro Northwest Project

Global Rail Australia have been awarded a contract to support THALES on the Sydney Metro Northwest Project.  The Sydney Metro Northwest is a heavy rail link to the north-western suburbs of Sydney, the project comprises:

  • approximately 13 km of existing Epping to Chatswood Railway Link, including 5 existing stations;
  • an extension of approximately 23 km with 8 new stations;
  • a new dedicated Operations Control Centre (OCC); and
  • a new Rapid Transit Rail Facility (RTRF)

Global Rail Australia has been engaged to install the Communications Systems at Epping and Chatswood Station. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

Metro Trains Melbourne – Facilities Maintenance, Low Voltage Works and OCS – Electrical Systems and Maintenance

Global Rail Australia has been working with Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) since early 2013, we are delighted to have been awarded three further frameworks for Facilities Maintenance, Low Voltage Works and OCS – Electrical & Electrical Systems and Maintenance.  We delighted to continue and build upon our well established relationship with MTM, with the addition of these new frameworks, which enables us to further extend and enhance the services we provide to MTM.

Railway Civil Engineering and Maintenance Works – Victoria

Global Rail Australia has been awarded a three year framework with VLine to undertake Civil Engineering and Maintenance works across the VLine Network in Victoria. Global Rail Australia has been working with VLine for a number of years and have carried out diverse range of projects including bridge replacements, culvert installation, station upgrades and systems installation works.

We are delighted to have secured this framework and look forward to growing our relationship with VLine, particularly at this exciting time for rail infrastructure projects in Victoria.

ARTC – Australian Rail Track Corporation – Provision of Civil Engineering Construction and Maintenance Services

We have been awarded a framework for the provision of Civil Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Services for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).  ARTC operates the largest freight Network in Australia with over 11,000Km of Freight Networks and are about to embark on a $9 Billion Dollar investment on the Network over the next 5 Years.  Global Rail Australia are delighted to partner with ARTC in delivery of their exciting network improvement plans.

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04 Sep 2018

Global Rail Australia and MTM Working to Mitigate The Risks of Fatigue

With the expansion of the rail industry in Australia, one of our biggest safety risks isn’t necessarily something you can see out on the track or the construction site.

Fatigue is one of the major risk factors across the transport and construction industries today. It’s a leading cause of workplace accidents and has contributed to up to 30% of deaths on our roads. Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy, it is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively.

In light of this, the team at Global Rail Australia has been working in collaboration with one of its key clients Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), as part of their Fatigue Risk Management Working Group, to help put together some awareness videos on managing Fatigue in the workplace. Three videos have been developed which are aimed at Frontline staff, Site Management and company Executives, to show how this issue affects personnel at all levels, and also examine how fatigue is impacting our industry and what we need to do to stay on top of it.

CEO Ivan Holloway, also added:

“As part of our overall commitment to the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of all personnel and visitors, Global Rail Australia is actively working together with MTM to prevent and manage risk associated with fatigue in the workplace. We believe through educational training, that the industry can continue towards its goal of providing the most safe and healthy workplace for all employees, contractors and visitors.”

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10 Apr 2018

Global Rail Australia Scoops Two Prestigious Level Crossing Contracts

Global Rail Australia is pleased to announce two recent contract wins which form part of a much larger program being undertaken by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA), involving the removal of over 50 level crossings in Melbourne.

The Northern Eastern Project Alliance is being completed by Laing O’Rourke/Fulton Hogan and MTM. Global Rail Australia has been engaged by this Alliance to work on the sub-station upgrade at Fairfield.

Global Rail Australia’s scope of work involves the demolition works, combined service route installation and the construction of the substation substructure.

The works are currently under way and are due for completion by the end of April. Global Rail Australia is delighted to be involved in this prestigious project.

The Western Program Alliance is being undertaken by John Holland and MTM. Global Rail Australia has recently commenced its work on the Combined Service Route (CSR) and Service Duct installation package as part of the works to facilitate the removal of the level crossing at Skye Road.

Global Rail Australia’s scope of work involves the excavation of nearly 800m of trenching and the installation of service ducts and pits.

The purpose of the Level Crossing Removal Project is to remove some of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings for safety purposes.

Global Rail Australia Secures Flinders Street Station Upgrade Project
21 Jun 2017

Global Rail Australia Secures Flinders Street Station Upgrade Project

Global Rail Australia has won a significant project at Flinders Street Station (FSS), on behalf of Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). Flinders Street Station is Victoria’s busiest railway station and used by approximately 200,000 passengers on an average weekday.

The Victorian State Government has committed to invest $100M to repair and refurbish Flinders Street Station, with these works forming part of their commitment to deliver works, which provide improved customer experience benefits.

Global Rail Australia has been awarded a package which includes the construction of a new station entrance and also the refurbishment and upgrade of the public toilet amenities.

The new entrance will be located adjacent to the Yarra River and will include a new canopy adjacent to Platform 10. This new entrance will improve access and reduce congestion by creating a direct and more accessible entry to the station and platforms, which will allow for faster passage through ticket gates. The works include the construction of all substructure works, erection of the structural steel frame, installation of all roofing and cladding, construction of DDA compliant access ramps, installation of ticket validation turnstiles, installation and commissioning of all services.

Global Rail Australia will also be refurbishing the public toilet amenities at Flinders Street Station. These works will include the refurbishment of the Male and Female toilets located in the Elizabeth Street Subway, including the provision of new DDA compliant facilities. The company will also be refurbishing the subway access stairwell, to provide a new access point to station platforms.

The works include all structural alterations, floors, wall and ceiling finishes. The works also include the installation of all building, mechanical and electrical services. Elements of the building fabric are heritage listed and as such Global Rail are required to re-paint, re-tile and renew these fixtures and fittings in accordance with Heritage Victoria requirements.
Global Rail Australia’s Operations Manager Colm Shevlin was delighted with this contract award:

“We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious railway project on such an iconic building which is also one of the main transport hubs in Victoria. With offices in Melbourne and now in Sydney, Global Rail are well placed to play our part in the regeneration of Australia’s railway infrastructure.”

Global Rail Australia is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading Australian provider of design, construct and commission services for clients across a wide range of engineering and infrastructure industries. The company was selected as the preferred contractor on this project for its rail capabilities, previous successful work for MTM and its supply chain partnerships.

09 Jun 2017

Global Rail Australia expands its operation to Sydney

Global Rail Australia Pty Limited and its sister telecommunications operation GRA Networks are pleased announce that their new regional office and Warehouse in Sydney has opened on the 6th June 2017.

The fully contained facility will support its rail and telecoms contracts to help deliver Sydney’s multi-modal transport regeneration plan.

The company has assembled a vastly experienced management team to run this operation, whose rail and telecoms industry reputation precedes them.

Global Rail are undertaking a major recruitment drive at the moment for technical and installation support mechanical and electrical signalling disciplines – see

Their new office in Sydney is a signal of its regional expansion, which is heralded from recent successes across its rail infrastructure sectors of operation, which encompass civil and structural engineering, M&E and Railway Signalling.

The company has an outstanding record throughout the state of Melbourne and will be delivering this offering in Sydney, off the back of some important contract wins.

21 Apr 2017

Global Rail Australia Secure Sydney Light Rail Project

We are very pleased to announce that Global Rail Australia has been awarded the rail signalling installation works on the Sydney Light Rail Project.

The CBD and South East Light Rail is a new light rail network for Sydney. The 12km route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surrey Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kinsgford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. Construction is due to be completed and services will start running in 2019.

Global Rail Australia will be working with rail systems engineering giant Alstom on behalf of Transport for NSW, to help them in their mission of developing a safe, efficient, integrated transport system that keeps people moving, connects communities and shapes the future of our cities, centres and regions.

The CBD and South East Light Rail will cost approximately $1.6 billion to complete, funded from the transport budget and a PPP arrangement. Construction on the project will take place in stages, with city streets closed in sections to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and commuters. Once completed, light rail will significantly benefit businesses along the route. Construction is likely to take between five and six years to complete.

The signalling project scope for the Transport Information Solution (TIS) includes the full installation and functional testing of the following rail signalling assets:

  • installation of Compact cabinets
  • installation of Smart IO and associated modules
  • installation of CLC Cubicles and associated modules
  • axle counters – cabling and install
  • capsys loops – mas unit, joints and cabling
  • point machines – motorised
  • point machines – manual
  • signals and poles
  • track circuits
  • signal route indicators
  • control boxes and poles
  • limit of shunt boards and poles
  • signalling and power cable installation
  • sealing of conduits

Global Rail Australia will also assist Alstom with final testing and commissioning works.

CEO Ivan Holloway was thrilled with this contract award and said:
“This is a significant signalling installation contact award for the company. Playing our part in Sydney’s transport regeneration plan, we are delighted to be involved in this major light rail infrastructure project.

Our teams have worked tirelessly on this project. We look forward to commencing the signalling installation works very soon and to a long-term future with out partner Alstom.”

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24 Feb 2017

Global Rail Australia Secures Framework Agreement with MTM

Global Rail Australia is delighted to announce the award of a minor services vendor panel agreement with Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM).

This framework award follows two successful years of multi-disciplinary project delivery with MTM, including projects such as the MORN Platform Shelter Project and Caulfield Canopy Works where a positive testimonial was given by MTM for Global Rail Australia’s railway project management skills. They also cited the high quality end product delivered, which culminated in Global Rail Australia delivering completed sites free of any defects.

MTM is the operator of the Melbourne metropolitan rail network and operates a fleet of over 200 six-carriage trains running on a network consisting of 16 lines, more than 200 stations and over 800 kilometres of track. This framework will allow MTM to engage Melbourne based Global Rail Australia on a multitude of railway infrastructure works.

These works include:

  • Track Welding
  • General Railway Construction – Track
  • Earthworks, Drainage and Trenching

CEO Ivan Holloway commented on this significant award by saying:

“Global Rail Australia has proven experience in delivery of the most exacting projects across a diverse range of service sectors.

“Our in-house capabilities, our scale and our supply chain partnerships have allowed Global Rail Australia to deliver complex multi-disciplinary projects that have made a positive difference to MTM and many other clients, across the Australian rail infrastructure industry that we serve.”

28 Nov 2016

Global Rail Australia’s takes great pride in new contract with MTM

Global Rail Australia has been awarded a new contract with Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) which involves the upgrade of the remote public address (RPA) systems on the Broadmeadows line as part of the PRIDE Local Hardware Upgrade Project.

PRIDE (Passenger Real-time Information Dissemination Equipment) is an electronic timetable and announcement system consisting of the control system (Metrol), control stations, public address systems, PRIDE ‘talking boxes’ situated on each platform, and electronic information displays.

The objectives are:

  • to deploy new RPA hardware;
  • to remove legacy equipment;
  • to provide a fully integrated system with upcoming technology changes within the principal networks; and
  • to ensure the system is maintenance-friendly.

Melbourne Trains Australia (MTM), known locally as ‘Metro’, operates a fleet of 407 three-car train sets on 837 kilometres (520 mi) of track. There are sixteen regular service train lines and one special events train line. The train fleet travels over 30 million kilometres (19,000,000 mi) and provides more than 228 million customer boardings each year, over 14,000 services each week and carries over 415,000 passengers each weekday.

This project will see Global Rail Australia upgrading the existing remote public address system at 15 stations on the Broadmeadows line. The work commenced in November and is due to be completed in early December.

Global Rail Australia Pty Ltd is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading Australian provider of design, construct and commission services for clients across a wide range of engineering and infrastructure industries including Mainline, Metro and Light Rail Systems and Utilities. This is the latest in a long line of projects undertaken for MTM.

03 Nov 2016

Global Rail Australia Powering Forward On Bayside Rail Project

Global Rail Australia Pty Ltd. is moving though the gears, as the company works towards final completion of its contract at Caulfield Railway Station on behalf of MTM.

The project, which is being cleverly phased in two sections, so as to minimise disruption – North and the South – is on target for its completion date later next month. The complexity of the project while working on a live station is illustrated through the multiple daily interfaces, including: electrical power lines and train power lines (OHLE), numerous service and utility providers, as well as local councils, passengers, road users, station staff and the local university campus. This has seen Global Rail Australia demonstrate its expertise in the safe management of stakeholders while executing works in a live railway environment.

The works, which form part of the (Aus) $100m upgrade of the Frankston railway line, include the extension to the existing canopy coverage on Platform 1 and 4, and are progressing well, with the Southside works now complete.

Global Rail Australia is fully responsible for the planning, supply, fabrication and installation of all the station works, which will significantly improve the commuter experience.
CEO, Ivan Holloway is pleased with progress to date and said:

“As a preferred supplier to Metro Trains Melbourne, Global Rail Australia has hit the ground running with this complex railway construction project. The project, which involves multi-disciplinary activities in a live station environment, is being delivered to the highest quality and has a blemish free record to date.

“We look forward to completing the North Section in the same manner and concluding this project to improve the overall aesthetic and functionality of this important railway precinct.”

Global Rail Australia is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading Australian provider of design, construction and commissioning services for clients across a wide range of engineering and infrastructure industries. The company was selected as the preferred contractor on this project for its in-house capabilities, scale and supply chain partnerships.

17 Aug 2016

Global Rail Australia selected to work on A$100m Bayside Rail Project

The Bayside Rail Project (BRP) is the A$100m upgrade of the 42.7km Frankston railway line connecting Melbourne city centre with the south-eastern suburban city of Frankston. As part of the BRP, improvements are required at Caulfield Railway Station which include the extension of existing canopy coverage on both the Monash University (Platform 4) and Caulfield Racecourse (Platform 1). This is intended to:

  • improve the overall aesthetic and functionality of the station precinct;
  • allow commuters to shelter from the rain when walking to and from the existing subway;
  • reduce slips, trips and falls amongst commuters when running up and down wet ramps leading to the subway;
  • and provide future space for mounting additional passenger information display (PID) units for better communication of information to commuters.

Global Rail Australia’s involvement

Global Rail Australia, as the preferred contractor, will manage the supply, construction and installation, of the covered walkways at Caulfield Railway Station. The scope of works includes:

  • preliminaries, including safety/quality documentation;
  • site mobilisation and delineation;
  • connection to existing services – electrical and stormwater;
  • fabrication, painting and delivery of structural steel;
  • setting out the foundations of the covered walkway;
  • installing structural steel members;
  • supply and installation of roofing, roof plumbing, ladder points and anchor points;
  • installation of soffit cladding, access panels, lighting and conduits for future services;
  • completion of all required fit-out, flashings, trims, cappings and touch-ups;
  • installation of asphalt, handrails and bollards;
  • and contract completion and close-out.

Global Rail Australia is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading Australian provider of design, construct and commission services for clients across a wide range of engineering and infrastructure industries. The company was selected as the preferred contractor on this project for its in-house capabilities, scale and supply chain partnerships.

04 Aug 2016

Global Rail Australia granted Commercial Builders Licence

Global Rail Australia are delighted to announce the granting of our Commercial Builders licence Medium Rise. The licence which was given to CEO Ivan Holloway, will allow Global Rail Australia to build up to 25 metres in height and undertake bulk excavations up to a depth of 8 metres in throughout the State of Victoria.

The work permitted additionally includes structural and non-structural fit out work for buildings up to 25 metres in height and also structural landscaping associated with those buildings.

02 Jun 2016

Global Rail Australia secure Melbourne Tram Network Agreement with Yarra Trams

Global Rail Australia, have recently been appointed as Framework Contractor for construction services on behalf of Yarra Trams, Melbourne.

The contract, which covers the largest operating tram network in the world, with over 250 kilometers of double track and 1763 tram stops, has an annual patronage of over 180 million.

As an experienced railway provider, with offices and in-house engineering support directly from Melbourne, Global Rail Australia were seen as the perfect partner of choice to work with Yarra Trams on this year long framework.

Global Rail Australia CEO Ivan Holloway said; ‘We are delighted to have secured this framework with Yarra Trams and look forward to developing a long-term partnership in our heartland of Melbourne’

25 May 2016

Global Rail Australia complete Lethbridge Rail Bridge superstructure replacement works

Having successfully secured the contract on behalf of regional train operator V-Line in August, to fabricate and install a new bridge superstructure in Victoria, Global Rail Australia completed the bridge installation works during a major railway occupation over a weekend shutdown starting on 19th May 2016.

Taking possession of the railway on Friday morning, Global Rail Australia worked to a fully resourced hour-by-hour program, providing round-the-clock contingency arrangements in respect of weather, plant breakdown and resources to complete the works.

Having already pre-fabricated the superstructure Global Rail Australia, were able to confidently strip out the existing life-expired structure, safe in the knowledge that the new bridge superstructure was within tolerance.

Having established an excellent working relationship with V-Line on previous projects, the team were able to co-ordinate their activities with the client and minimise the impact of their operations on the client and their stakeholders.

Providing a full turn-key solution allowed Global Rail Australia to act as the single point of responsibility throughout, managing staff and specialist suppliers to ensure that the track was re-instated and the railway was fully handed back on time at the end of the occupation on 22nd May 2016.

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