Shortlist announced for managing contractor of Newcastle Light Rail

NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week announced the latest milestone in the revitalisation of Newcastle, with five organisations shortlisted to tender for managing contractor of Newcastle Light Rail.

Earlier this year, qualified organisations were asked to register their interest for the Fixed Infrastructure Contract (also known as Managing Contractor) for the light rail project.

Artist's impression of Wickham Transport Interchange
Above: Artist's impression of Wickham Transport Interchange / Transport for NSW.

"After an enthusiastic response from industry, I am pleased to confirm the five organisations invited to tender," Mr Constance said in a statement.

The shortlisted organisations are:

  • CPB Contractors Pty Ltd;
  • Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd;
  • John Holland Pty Ltd;
  • Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited; and
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Mr Constance said the respondents all have either previous experience or are currently completing light rail construction projects.

"The NSW Government is committed to delivering a world-class light rail system in Newcastle and the five organisations selected have the right experience and expertise to help us do so," Mr Constance said.

"Their interest is an endorsement of our plans to revitalise Newcastle and shows the private sector understands our commitment to progressing this important project."

Mr Constance said the shortlisted firms would now submit a response to the government's invitation to tender. The NSW Government will then undertake a thorough assessment of their responses, before deciding on the successful tenderer.

The fixed infrastructure contract is expected to be awarded later this year. A Review of Environmental Factors report is currently on public exhibition until 19 May.

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