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December 5, 2013

Australia’s North West Rail Link receives proposals for operating contract

The A$8.3bn rail infrastructure project North West Rail Link in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has reached a major milestone with two consortia, Northwest Rapid Transit and TransForm, lodging proposals for the major operating contract.

North West Rail Link

The A$8.3bn rail infrastructure project North West Rail Link in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has reached a major milestone with two consortia, Northwest Rapid Transit and TransForm, lodging proposals for the major operating contract.

The two consortia were shortlisted earlier this year for the operations, trains and systems (OTS) contract. They lodged their proposals with Transport for NSW detailing how they plan to operate the rail link, which is the first stage of Sydney’s new rapid transit network.

The NSW Government will evaluate these proposals in the second half of next year before it awards the multi-billion dollar contract.

Minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian said that the North West Rail Link has reached another important mileston.

"The cream of the crop from across Australia and around the world have put a massive amount of work into these proposals, to ensure we deliver the best project for our customers," Berejiklian said.

"The project is on time and on budget and the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground by the end of next year."

Northwest Rapid Transit and TransForm feature almost 30 companies from across Australia and around the world.

"The project is on time and on budget and the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground by the end of next year."

Northwest Rapid Transit includes MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group. While TransForm includes Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), John Laing Investments, Macquarie Capital Group.

The OST contract covers building eight new railway stations, delivering commuter car parks for 4,000 vehicles, supplying the new generation rapid transit single deck trains, building and operating the stabling, as well as maintenance facility at Tallawong Road.

It also includes installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems; converting the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link for the new rapid transit system; and operating the North West Rail Link, including all maintenance work.

Subject to value-for-money criteria being met, the OTS contract will be delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) and is expected to open by the end of 2019.

The OTS contract is one of three major contracts to deliver the North West Rail Link. Another is a A$1.15bn tunnelling contract to deliver Australia’s longest rail tunnels, which was awarded in June this year; and the contract to build the 4km elevated skytrain from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill.


Image: An artist’s impression of the North West rail link track over the Old Windsor Road in Kellyville, New South Wales, Australia. Photo: courtesy of Transport for NSW.

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