Three international consortia in the running to build and operate Light Rail

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the short-listed bidders for the major delivery contract of the CBD and South East Light Rail, and welcomed the strong interest from the private sector in this vital transport infrastructure project.

The new light rail project will link Circular Quay and Central, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

The major contract will cover design, construction, services relocations, operation and maintenance of the 12-kilometre project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the Inner West Light Rail network, and will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership subject to value for money.

“I’m very pleased that three major international consortia are now in the running to tender for the Public Private Partnership to design, build, maintain and operate the new light rail network,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The consortia short-listed to tender are:

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

“These firms bring significant experience in working on similar scale projects, both here in Australia and right across the world,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Ensuring a strong, competitive field is critical for a public tender process to deliver value for money to the NSW taxpayer. It is very encouraging that the strong participation in market sounding and industry briefings last year has translated into responses from high quality firms.

“This is a complex project and we appreciate that tendering for the Public Private Partnership contract in particular requires significant investment and hard work.”

Earlier this month the NSW Government also announced the short-listed bidders for the early works contract of the CBD and South East Light Rail project.

In October last year, more than 110 representatives from 66 private sector organisations attended a major industry briefing that marked the start of the procurement process for the CBD and South East Light Rail.

Representatives from countries including Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Singapore and China attended and were invited to work with the NSW Government to deliver the key infrastructure project.

Subject to planning approval, work to deliver the CBD and South East Light Rail is beginning later this year and will take five to six years to complete.

The CBD and South East Light Rail is one of a number of key infrastructure projects being delivered by the NSW Government along with the North West Rail Link, South West Rail Link, WestConnex, Inner West Light Rail Extension, Wynyard Walk and Northern Sydney Freight Corridor project.

Further details on Sydney Light Rail are available at www.sydneylightrail.com.au

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14 February 2014