UGL subsidiary UGL Regional Linx has taken over the operation and maintenance of New South Wales’ country regional network (CRN) under 10-year, $A 1.5bn ($US 1.06bn) contract, after the expiry of incumbent operator John Holland’s 10-year contract.

The NSW network comprises almost 2400km of operational lines, more than 3100km of non-operational lines and hundreds of bridges and property assets such as stations.

UGL Regional Linx has established its operational headquarters in Kite Street, Orange, where the network control centre for the CRN will also be located.

State minister for regional transport and roads, Mr Sam Farraway, says the contract is a significant investment by the NSW government.

“The CRN is the backbone of our regional rail network for both passenger and freight services and plays a critical role in moving grain to the silo and port,” he says.

The network includes the regional lines that connect to the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s national network and the Sydney Trains network.