Three shortlisted proponents lodge bids for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2

CONSTRUCTION of Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail has moved a step closer after GoldLinQ last month took delivery of Request for Tender documentation from the three shortlisted bidders.

Transport and the Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the bids would now be evaluated to select the preferred tenderer to deliver the 7.3 kilometre light rail alignment, which will run from the Helensvale heavy rail station and bus interchange to the Gold Coast University Hospital and connect to the Gold Coast University Hospital light rail station.

Gold Coast's G:link light rail system
Above: Gold Coast's G:link light rail system, Surfers Paradise / by Simon Morris.

Mr Hinchliffe said the government was fortunate to be choosing from among the industry's best to construct the project with three consortia invited to tender including, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd, and GamesLinQ (A Downer EDI Works and BMD Constructions Joint Venture).

GoldLinQ Chairman John Witheriff said the team would now evaluate the detailed proposals against a range of criteria to ensure a well-informed decision is made on the preferred bidder to design and construct Stage 2.

"Following GoldLinQ's rigorous evaluation process and recommendation to the Queensland Government the announcement of the successful tenderer is expected to be made by April 2016, with construction commencing shortly after," he said.

The selected bidder will construct the infrastructure associated with Stage 2 of the light rail system and will be required to engage with local individuals and businesses to work on the project.

Photo: Gold Coast's G:link light rail system, Surfers Paradise / 'Tram in Surfers Paradise' / Simon Morris / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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