THE Victorian Government has announced that three world-leading bidders have been shortlisted to deliver the first stage of works on the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Australia.
In a statement last week, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the bidders selected for the next phase of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project Early Works package tender process:
- CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors);
- John Holland KBR JV – comprising John Holland Group and KBR, Inc (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root); and
- Lend Lease Coleman Rail JV – comprising Lend Lease Engineering and Coleman Rail Pty Ltd.
The shortlisting follows an Expression of Interest process undertaken by Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA).
The Early Works package will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in critical works to prepare key sites for the start of major construction on Melbourne Metro Rail in 2018.
The works include the relocation and protection of underground services such as gas, sewer and water mains, the relocation of trees and other road features, and the design and construction of access shafts.
In preparation for the Early Works package, MMRA is undertaking site investigations along the alignment. These investigations, which involve the excavation of narrow trenches at multiple locations, will provide more information about ground conditions and the location of underground services.
Shortlisted bidders will be requested to submit a formal proposal in the second quarter of 2016. A contract will be awarded in mid-2016, with construction to commence soon after.
The announcement of the shortlisted bidders follows the release of the business case for the $10.9 billion project, which will transform Melbourne's rail network into an international-style metro system able to carry 39,000 extra passengers every peak.
The tunnels between South Yarra and South Kensington will include new stations at Arden (North Melbourne), Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain (St Kilda Road).