Tender out to deliver and operate Sydney's Light Rail Network

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced light rail in Sydney has moved another step forward, with three major international consortia invited to tender for a Public Private Partnership to deliver and operate the light rail network.

The NSW Government has now formally released a Request for Proposals for the major contract covering the design, construction, services relocations, operation, maintenance and finance of the new 12-kilometre CBD and South East Light Rail.

The successful tenderer will also operate and maintain the expanded Inner West Light Rail network.

“The expansion of light rail in Sydney will deliver huge public transport improvements, create thousands of jobs, address congestion and deliver economic benefits worth an expected $4 billion,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I am pleased at the level of interest and high quality of firms tendering for this vital transport project, which I am confident will translate into high quality outcomes and value for money to NSW taxpayers.” 

The consortia short-listed to tender for the PPP are:

  • SydneyConnect – including Serco Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and Plenary Group Pty Ltd
  • iLinQ Sydney – including Keolis Downer, Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital
  • Connecting Sydney – including Transdev Sydney Pty Ltd, Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd, Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd and Capella Capital.

“Tendering for this highly complex project is an intensive process and the Public Private Partnership contract requires significant investment by the short listed consortia,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know construction of this project will be disruptive, so we’re asking the teams to focus on showing us how they can deliver and operate light rail in a way that minimises impacts to Sydney and maximises benefits to our customers and NSW taxpayers.

“We expect innovative thinking and detailed planning to be done over the coming months, before they submit their tenders later in the year.

“The $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail will address three of the biggest challenges facing Sydney - unreliable journey times, traffic congestion, and population growth.”

Subject to planning approval, it is expected that the PPP contract will be awarded in late 2014. Work on the $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail project will take five or six years to complete.

From mid-2015, the successful tenderer will also operate and maintain the existing light rail network, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and through the inner west to Dulwich Hill. 

More information on the project is available at www.sydneylightrail.com.au.

7 March 2014