FIVE consortia consisting of the world's best light rail builders and operators have been shortlisted for two contracts to deliver Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project, the NSW Government announced last week.
The first stage of the light rail project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia with a two-way track extending 12 kilometres. Construction of this first stage is scheduled to start in 2018, with services to commence operation in 2023.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said the project will create thousands of jobs for the local community and revolutionise the way people move around the Parramatta region.
"This is the next major step in delivering world class public transport to Sydney's second CBD. The NSW Government is committed to getting on with the job of building major infrastructure across the state," Mr Constance said.
"The world's best light rail organisations are lining up to be part of this major infrastructure project, and we are moving as fast as possible with procurement of these contracts to ensure they are both awarded before the end of 2018."
The shortlist for the Infrastructure Works (major construction including urban design) contract includes:
- CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture; and
- John Holland Pty Ltd.
The shortlist for the Supply, Operate and Maintain (supply vehicles, design and construct stabling and maintenance facility, systems, and operations and maintenance) contract includes:
- Connecting Parramatta Consortium: consisting of John Holland Pty Ltd, ALSTOM Transport Australia Pty Ltd, and Deutsche Bahn Pty Ltd;
- Greater Parramatta: Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd, with Keolis Downer Pty Ltd, Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd, Ansaldo STS Australia Pty Ltd and CRRC Changchun Australia Pty Ltd; and
- Great River City Light Rail: consisting of Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Laing O'Rourke Pty Ltd.
Shortlisted bidders will now be asked to submit a formal proposal, with both contracts to be awarded in 2018.
The Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition for eight weeks between August and October this year. Transport for NSW will prepare and release an EIS submissions report to respond to issues raised during the consultation. Approval from the NSW Minister for Planning is required before Transport for NSW can proceed with construction.