CIMIC Group subsidiary CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation have been selected by the Government of Victoria in Australia to deliver the Metro Tunnel Project Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) in Melbourne, which is estimated to be worth nearly A$1bn ($790m).

The RSA project includes the installation of a high-capacity signalling and communications system, which will facilitate an increase in the frequency of trains on the Melbourne Metro.

Both companies will work with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to deliver the contract.

The RSA works form a part of the larger A$11bn ($8.73bn) Metro Tunnel project, which is one of the largest rail developments in the state.

The announcement was made days after Cross Yarra Partnership was awarded the contract for the metro tunnel and five underground railway stations.

CPB Contractors managing director Román Garrido said: “The RSA will leverage CPB Contractors’ comprehensive experience delivering brownfield rail projects for Victoria and Bombardier Transportation’s international expertise and proven high-capacity signalling solutions.

"The RSA will leverage CPB Contractors’ comprehensive experience delivering brownfield rail projects for Victoria and Bombardier Transportation’s international expertise and proven high-capacity signalling solutions."

“Working with MMRA and MTM, the RSA is focused on delivering a system that meets operational requirements, integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure and improves overall network performance.”

The RSA will carry out the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of train and power control systems, operational control systems and conventional and high-capacity signalling under the deal.

It will provide systems along almost 91km of existing operational rail corridor, as well as through the new 9km-long twin tunnels.

The Government of Victoria is also expected to issue expressions of interest in the near future, which will involve the delivery of the final major works package for the Metro Tunnel – the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA).


Image: Artist Impression of Metro Tunnel image of Domain Station. Photo: © Melbourne Metro Rail Authority / CPB Contractors Pty Limited.