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GOVERNMENT RECEIVES EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR $2 BILLION FORRESTFIELD-AIRPORT LINK

$2 billion bid for Forrestfield-Airport Link

$2 billion bid for Forrestfield-Airport LinkIndustry is lodging expressions of interest (EOI) in tendering for the design and construction of the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link, described by the Western Australian Government as a “transformational project”.

The EOI period was due to close on 12 March.

An industry briefing focused on the project attracted more than 200 representatives from some of the best and most innovative construction companies in Australia and internationally, according to WA Transport Minister, Dean Nalder.

“It was clear from the level of interest in the briefing that the attendees recognised the ground-breaking nature of this project. The government is now ready to invite industry to show us their readiness to build Perth’s newest rail line.”

The Forrestfield-Airport Link will open up a new rail corridor to Perth’s eastern suburbs, as well as connecting the city to Perth Airport. It will create a 20-minute rail journey from Perth’s eastern suburbs to the city and will feature three new stations; Airport West (Belmont), Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.

The new Forrestfield Line will spur off the existing Midland Line near Bayswater and run underground for eight kilometres in twin-bored tunnels beneath the Swan River and Perth Airport.

Minister Nalder said the contract would be awarded as a single design and construct package, which would include tunnel and civil infrastructure, track, stations and rail systems including signalling, communications and power.

“Once the EOI period is complete, the Public Transport Authority will select a short-list of companies – either as an individual company or in consortia – and invite them to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP).

“The RFP will provide us with all the information we need to select the best company for the job by mid-2016, so construction can begin later that year.”

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