Australia: Newcastle LRT Shortlist Announced
The Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, has announced the Newcastle LRT shortlist of five companies who have tendered for the role of Managing Contractor. The announcement follows a call for expressions of interest for the Fixed Infrastructure Contract for the light rail project.
Mr Constance said:
“After an enthusiastic response from industry, I am pleased to confirm the five organisations invited to tender.
“We understand that the people of Newcastle want us to get on with delivering light rail in Newcastle and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
Newcastle LRT Shortlist
The shortlisted companies are:
- CPB Contractors Pty Ltd
- Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
- John Holland Pty Ltd
- Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd
- McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd
The companies all boast experience in light rail construction projects. CPB Contractors are currently the preferred bidder for the Gold Coast light rail Stage 2 Project. Downer EDI Works, as part of Keolis Downer, operate and maintain the world’s biggest light rail network in Melbourne. John Holland constructed Melbourne’s metro network as part of a consortium with MTR and UGL Rail. McConnell Dowell Constructors are currently working on the Rowsley Crossing Loop.
Mr Constance also said:
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering a world-class light rail system in Newcastle and the five organisations selected have the right experience and expertise to help us do so.
“Their interest is an endorsement of our plans to revitalise Newcastle and shows the private sector understands our commitment to progressing this important project.”
The shortlisted companies will submit responses to the invitation to tender to the New South Wales government. The government will thoroughly assess those responses and announce the successful bid later this year.