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European firms shortlisted for $2bn Perth rail link

1 May 15 Three teams have been shortlisted for the design and construction of a AU$2bn (£1.03bn) rail project to open up the eastern suburbs of Perth in Western Australia.

The three are:

  • JHL JV  - John Holland and Leighton Contractors
  • SI-NRW JV - Salini Impregilo and NRW
  • Forrestfield Connect – Acciona Infrastructure, BAM International and Ferrovial Agroman.

Each consortium will now be issued with a request for proposals to develop fully costed schemes for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

Transport minister Dean Nalder said that the Public Transport Authority (PTA) evaluated five proposals. “The level of interest in designing and constructing this transformational rail line to Perth’s foothills via the Perth Airport has been high,” he said. “The five proposals that were submitted were from leading national and international contractors, but only a maximum of three respondents can progress to the next stage.”

The 8.5km rail extension branches off the Midland Line, just east of Bayswater Station. It will feature three stations, Airport West, Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.

A contract will be awarded to the successful bidder in mid-2016 with detailed design to begin soon after and construction starting in late 2016. The first train will operate along the line in 2020.

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