EOIs open for Australian rail project partnership
The Victorian state government (Australia) is now seeking expressions of interest to join the Public Private Partnership that will deliver the US$4.4 b Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
The project, which is valued at approximately AU$6 billlion (US$4.4 billion), will see the construction of two 9 km tunnels and five new underground train stations in the Melbourne CBD.
The state government recently announced that it would fully fund and deliver the project, without the support of federal authorities.
This announcement has given the project the stability to progress, enabling it to move forward with the partnership tender process.
Acting Premier James Merlino said “This is the biggest public transport project in Australia, we want the best in the world to build it, and we’re getting it done.”
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said “Melbourne is growing, but we can’t run more trains because the City Loop is full. The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the loop to run more trains in and out of the city.
“We’re looking to partner with the world’s best to build the backbone of a better train system for Melbourne.”
EOIs to join Melbourne Metro Rail’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) will close at 2 pm on Thursday 9 June. For further information with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) website.
In addition to PPP EOIs, the MMRA is currently in the process of awarding the Early Works contract for the project.
This contract covers the location and relocation of several underground utilities, as well significant enabling works for the Melbourne Metro project.
The Early Works contract is expected to be awarded in mid-2016, with contracted works commencing before the close of the year.