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Tendering starts for major Sydney rail contract

4 Dec 12 The New South Wales (NSW) government has called for expressions of interest for a multi-billion-dollar contract for Sydney’s new rapid transit system.

NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the start of the process to let the operations, trains and systems (OTS) contract, which is third major contract for Sydney’s North West Rail Link.

“This is the biggest milestone so far in this massive infrastructure project, which will change the way of life for people across Sydney’s North West and deliver the region a reliable public transport service,” she said.

More than 30 entities from across Australia and around the world have so far registered to participate in the expressions of interest process, said Berejiklian.

It is one of three major tender processes under way, and includes building building the eight new railway stations, delivering car parks for 4,000 cars, supplying the new generation of rapid transit single deck trains, building and operating a stabling and maintenance facility, installing tracks and system, converting an existing railway and operating the North West Rail Link.

The OTS contract will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), subject to value-for-money guidelines being met.

Registration for the OTS expressions of interest is still open via the NSW government’s eTendering website and will close on 19 December 2012. The deadline for submissions for expressions of interest is 14 February 2013.

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