New South Wales

Three groups shortlisted for Skytrain component of Sydney's North West Rail Link project

NEW South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian today announced that three groups, made up of 33 companies, have been shortlisted for the Surface and Viaduct Civil (SVC) Works contract, which includes construction of the 4 kilometre skytrain between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill.

"Work is pushing ahead on the North West Rail Link and we are really enthused by the strong interest from local and international companies wanting to be part of this massive project that will benefit the entire state," Ms Berejiklian said.

The shortlisted groups for the SVC contract, which is fully funded by the NSW Government, are:

  • Impregilo Salini Joint Venture – Impregilo SpA, Salini Australia Pty Ltd;
  • Leighton  Rizzani De Eccher Joint Venture – Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, Rizzani De Eccher Australia Pty Ltd; and
  • Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd.

The NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest in the SVC contract last year, which closed in December. No other groups or companies lodged their interest in the contract.

The government said it expects to soon officially call for tenders from the shortlisted groups to build the skytrain and carry out other surface works, including bridges, embankments, railway cuttings and other earthworks.

The SVC contract is expected to be awarded at the end of this year and is one of three major contracts to deliver the North West Rail Link. The other two contracts are for Tunnels and Station Civil (TSC) and Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS).

The TSC contract is for the construction of twin 15 kilometre tunnels and underground station excavation. Three tenders were received for this contract, which is expected to be awarded around mid-2013.

The three tenders for the TSC contract were from:

  • Baulderstone Bouygues Travaux Publics Joint Venture;
  • Rapidlink Joint Venture (Obayashi, McConnell Dowell, Laing O'Rourke Australia); and
  • Thiess John Holland Dragados Joint Venture.

The OTS contract is for delivery of the 'new-generation' single deck trains, installation of tracks and signalling and operation of the North West Rail Link. Three groups lodged expressions of interest for this contract, which will be a Public-Private Partnership and is expected to be awarded in 2014.

The three EOIs for the OTS contract were from:

  • Northwest Rapid Transit (MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group);
  • TransForm (Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), John Laing Investments, Macquarie Capital Group); and
  • The Pulse Consortium (Keolis Australia, Downer EDI, Obrascon Huarte Lain, Ansaldo STS Australia, Mitsubishi Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ).

The 23 kilometre North West Rail Link will connect Epping to Rouse Hill, in Sydney's growing north-west region. Eight new railway stations are proposed at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground (formerly Hills Centre), Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road.

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