Consortia submit proposals to build and run NWRL

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has received formal bids from two consortia shortlisted to build and operate services on the region’s flagship North West Rail Link.

The OTS contract, for which Network Rail will deliver consulting services, includes building the link’s eight new stations, procuring new rolling stock, completing all the track and signalling work, and operating the completed system.

Comprised of 30 companies from Australia and across the globe, the two consortia are; Northwest Rapid Transit – MTR Corporation, John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group – and TransForm – Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors, John Laing Investments, Macquarie Capital Group.

Last week, the teams submitted formal bids for the $8.3 billion public-private partnership (PPP) project.

Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Transport Minister, said: “The North West Rail Link has reached another important milestone today, as we get on with the job of building this important project.

“The cream of the crop from across Australia and around the world have put a massive amount of work into these proposals – to ensure we deliver the best project for our customers.

“The project is on time and on budget and the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground by the end of next year.”