ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week said the Capital Metro Agency has taken a crucial step in bringing light rail to Canberra, with the appointment of an Arup-led consortium to deliver technical advice.
The consortium also includes light rail expertise from HASSELL and Parsons Brinckerhoff alongside local specialist consultants Brown Consulting, LandDATA Surveys, Phillip Chun Access, SLR Consulting, GML Heritage and dsb Landscape Architects.
"This critical piece of work will give us a detailed understanding of, and a preferred approach to, the project's technical elements including engineering, design, construction, operations, urban design, maintenance, network integration, sustainability, land development and safety management," Mr Corbell said.
"It is vitally important to understand the technical elements fully as this knowledge will put us in the best possible position to deliver a world-class light rail system for Canberra in a sustainable and well-managed way.
"The strong interest in the tender underlines the national significance of this project and it also aligns with our desire to use the best skills and expertise to deliver a transformative light rail system in Canberra.
"We received four credible submissions and I congratulate the Arup-led consortium for putting forward a proposal that aligned well with our vision for the project, while demonstrating a detailed understanding of Canberra and how they would engage local skills to support their work.
"The members of this consortium have very recent and relevant experience doing similar work for current and planned light rail systems in Sydney, Perth, the Gold Coast and South Australia, in addition to many notable international light rail developments. We look forward to using their learnings to help deliver a truly transformative light rail system in Canberra," Mr Corbell said.
This work will be delivered in phases before being completed in the second half of 2014, in line with the plan to start building the light rail system in 2016.