Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has selected the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium as the preferred operator to deliver the operations, trains and systems (OTS) contract for the $8.3bn North West Rail Link.
The consortium comprises MTR Corporation, John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group.
The OTS contract includes the creation of eight new railway stations, the construction and operation of the stabling and maintenance facility at Tallawong Road and the delivery of 4,000 commuter car parking spaces.
The consortium will also install tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems on the link, as well as supply fully automated rapid transit trains.
The contract will also see the upgrade and conversion of the railway line between Epping to Chatswood to rapid transit status.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said: "The NSW government is getting on with the job of building the North West Rail Link, Australia’s biggest public transport project and the first stage of Sydney Rapid Transit, the city’s brand new rail network.
"This is a landmark moment for the North West Rail Link and the government will now work with the consortium to further negotiate and finalise this multi-billion-dollar contract, which is expected to be awarded later this year."
Image: NSW premier Mike Baird and NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian at the commencement of the North-West Rail Link Tunnel construction. Photo: courtesy of NSW government.