THE ACT Government this week announced that four consortia have submitted expressions of interest to build the first stage of Canberra's proposed Capital Metro light rail system between the city and Gungahlin.
"Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra's light rail network," Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said in a statement.
"This is a great result for Canberra. It demonstrates the private sector's high level of interest in the project and confidence in conducting business with the ACT Government."
The four consortia are:
- Canberra Metro – Pacific Partnerships PTY LTD (lead respondent), Mitsubishi Corp, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments No 4 Ltd, John Holland, DB International GMBH, Leighton Contractors, CAF and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
- ACTIVATE – Downer EDI Works (lead respondent), Plenary Origination, Bombardier Transportation Australia, Keolis Downer, Keolis SA, Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia, Aurecon Australasia, Cox Architecture, Itochu Australia and Partners Group AG.
- Connecting Canberra – Capella Capital (lead respondent), TransDev Australasia, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Acciona Concesiones SL and Coleman Rail.
- CANGO – Macquarie Capital Group Ltd (lead respondent), Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (OHL), SMRT International Pte Ltd, UGL Rail Services and Siemens Ltd.
"It is pleasing to see so many nationally and internationally respected companies are interested in becoming involved in this important project for the national capital. It is also expected that many companies from our local region will be associated with the four consortia," Mr Corbell said.
"Attracting private sector interest of this scale supports the ACT Government's vision to boost our local economy and build a modern, dynamic city with a strong urban core.
"By delivering this project through a public private partnership model, we can ensure we capitalise on the skills and knowledge of the private sector to deliver a world-class light rail system befitting one of the world's most liveable cities."
The expression of interest process opened on 31 October 2014 and closed on 19 December 2014. A shortlist will now be selected to progress to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage before a single private sector partner is engaged to finance, design, construct and operate the light rail service from the city to Gungahlin.
Shortlisting for the request for proposal stage is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2015, with the successful consortium engaged and work commencing in 2016.
Photo: Artist's impression of light rail on Northbourne Avenue, Canberra / Capital Metro.