Rail

There will be considerable challenges over the next decade as governments and the private sector seek to plan, procure and deliver the projects that the Asia Pacific needs to boost productivity and ensure sustainable growth. Demand will be especially high where the two classic signs of infrastructure shortfalls, congestion and overcrowding are evident. Australia's export ports and principal airports will require major upgrades and expansion to avoid queues that hit the nation's logistics network. Urban highway and rail networks will also require priority focus if there are to be more efficient outcomes for commercial traffic and commuters.

MinterEllison's respected infrastructure lawyers have unparalleled experience advising governments and the private sector on all aspects of port, airport, road and rail projects. We provide tailored and cross-disciplinary teams for the project lifecycle – from strategic input through to project delivery and dispute resolution – and seamlessly integrate our specialists from areas such as real estate, planning, environment, construction, tax, finance, competition and regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution to manage your risk and achieve the best outcome for the project.

Railcorp Reform Program and rail access arrangements

Advised Railcorp and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on rail access arrangements and related issues associated with the Railcorp Reform Program and the establishment of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. This included reviewing and amending the standard rail access agreement to take account of the changed arrangements between RailCorp, TfNSW and Sydney Trains and the requirements of the Rail Safety National Law as well as assisting with negotiations with rail operators. We also assisted with rail access arrangements for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains to the NSW rail network and ARTC network.

Sydney light rail project bid

Acted for Acciona Infrastructure and Alstom Transport in relation to their successful bid for the delivery of the $2.1bn Sydney light rail project.

Privatisation of National Rail Corporation Ltd

Assisted National Rail Corporation Limited (now Pacific National) in relation to the sale of the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments' interests in National Rail.

Intercity fleet rail procurement

Working closely with the NSW Government in procuring the new fleet of intercity trains, including approximately 520 new carriages. It is intended that the trains will be procured off-the-shelf with proven technology, and configured to meet the NSW Government's specific needs. The trains are expected to be delivered progressively from 2018 until 2024.

New South Wales Interstate Rail Network Restructure

Advised NSW Government in relation to a major restructure of the State's non-metropolitan rail system which included an investment of A$800 million+ in rail infrastructure by the Commonwealth Government. The arrangements effectively incorporated 3000kms of NSW interstate and Hunter Valley mainline railway track under the same operation and management as the interstate standard gauge mainline railway track. We also subsequently advised on commercial arrangements in relation to the take up by ARTC of the Metropolitan Freight Network and the Southern Sydney Freight Line.