The New South Wales (NSW) Government has invited tenders for the construction of the skytrain section of the A$8bn ($7.96bn) North West Rail Link (NWRL) project in Sydney, Australia.
The 4km elevated skytrain will run from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill and will be served by new elevated stations at Kellyville and Rouse Hill.
Three groups, which have already been shortlisted earlier this year by the government, have been invited to offer bids for the surface and viaduct civil works (SVC) contract.
The three groups include Abigroup Contractors, the Impregilo and Salini Australia joint venture and the joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Rizzani de Eccher Australia.
Work under the SVC deal includes the design and construction of the 4km viaduct between Kellyville and Rouse Hill including bridges and crossings, as well as road bridges over railway tracks at Cudgegong Road and Tallawong Road.
New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said that the skytrain section is an important infrastructure project for the delivery of the North West Rail Link.
"Work is pushing ahead on the North West Rail Link and we are on track to have tunnel boring machines in the ground next year," Berejiklian said.
The SVC deal is one of three major contracts for the NWRL project; the second is the tunnels and station civil works (TSC), which involves the construction of twin 15km tunnels and underground station excavation.
The SVC and TSC contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of 2013.
The third contract of the rail project includes the operations, trains and systems (OTS) deal for the delivery of single-deck trains, installation of tracks and a signalling system, as well as the operation of the NWRL.
The OTS deal will be implemented in a public-private partnership and is expected to be awarded in 2014.
Image: The 4km skytrain will operate from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill and will have new elevated stations at Kellyville and Rouse Hill.