A joint venture has been selected to deliver the underground rail infrastructure for New Zealand’s largest transport project, the City Rail Link.
The Systems, Integration, Testing and Commissioning (SITC) Alliance – comprising RCR Tomlinson and Opus International Consultants – has signed an Interim Project Alliance Agreement with City Rail Link Limited (CRL), the entity set up by Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government to deliver the new rail link.
The deal means SITC, CRL, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail will develop an Alliance proposal, and if it is successful, SITC will enter in a Project Alliance Agreement with CRL.
A final deal is expected in May 2019, with RCR saying it expects work to begin in June 2019.
The contract, known as C7, includes the provision of track, track slab, overhead line, signalling, control systems, communications systems, trackside auxiliaries, control room fit-out and building works for the City Rail Link project.
RCR interim chief executive officer Bruce James said the announcement was a recognition of the company’s rail systems capability.
“RCR has a long history in the rail sector and this project is strategically significant in extending our capabilities in New Zealand,” Mr. James said.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with City Rail Link, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail to provide a compelling alliance proposal and then to successfully deliver this project safely and efficiently.”
City Rail Link Limited CEO Sean Sweeney said the news marks a major milestone for a project that will deliver significant benefits for Auckland.
“The joint venture brings with it a wealth of experience both here and overseas and once again shows the calibre of talent wanting to be part of delivering this important project that will transform the way people move and live in Auckland,” Mr Sweeney said.
He said the milestone reinforced that the project is on track to be delivered by 2024.
“Last month we issued the Request for Proposal for our main stations and tunnels contract (C3), today we have awarded the IPAA for our underground rail systems contract (C7) and we are also now more than 90% complete on the Albert Street trench excavation (C2),” he said.
“This project remains on schedule to be in place delivering many benefits for Auckland in 2024, and we want people to be excited that the major gamechanger in Auckland’s public transport is well on its way.”
The City Rail Link will deliver 3.45 kilometres of new dedicated railway to connect Britomart Station with Mt Eden Station. The tunnel will be partially driven, and partially built via cut-and-cover.