Government seeking Expressions of Interest to design and construct $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link

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AUSTRALIA: The $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link has reached its latest milestone, with industry invited to lodge Expressions of Interest (EOI) in tendering for the design and construction of the transformational project.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the EOI period would close on 12 March.

“The industry briefing attracted more than 200 representatives from some of the best and most innovative construction companies in Australia and internationally,” Nalder said.

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

The Project will deliver an 8.5 km extension of the existing PTA rail network in Perth, Western Australia. 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.

The contract will be awarded as a single design and construct package, which will 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 Minister said.

“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.”

The tender will be awarded in 2016 with project completion due in 2020

For more information, visit the Tenders WA site or the Forrestfield-Airport Link website.