Bidders Shortlisted for $10.9-bil Melbourne Metro Rail Early Works

Monica Gameng   |   February 23, 2016

Three of the world-leading bidders have now been shortlisted to deliver the works for the first stage on Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project.

As announced today by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, the bidders selected for the next phase of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project Early Works package tender process are:

  • CBP Contractors 
  • John Holland KBR JV – comprised of John Holland Group and KBR, Inc.
  • Lend Lease Coleman Rail JV – comprised of Lend Lease Engineering and Coleman Rail Pty Ltd

The project is set to return up to $1.50 for every dollar invested, generate 4700 jobs during peak construction and create space for nearly 40,000 extra passengers every morning and evening peak.

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Commenting on the project, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allen said:

“The shortlisting follows a rigorous Expression of Interest process undertaken by Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), which delivered a high standard of responses from companies around the world.

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.

Today’s shortlist announcement paves the way for formal proposals and contract award by the middle of the year, the start of early works in 2017 and major construction in 2018.”

The final contract will be awarded mid-2016 and construction will start right after.

The project will transform Melbourne’s rail network to an international-style metro system which will be able to carry 39,000 extra passengers every peak.

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Author's note: Original article is from The Premier of Victoria

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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