EoIs for Aussie rail
Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian revealed earlier this week that the $8bn project will be divided into three main contracts, covering tunnelling, surface construction works and rail systems, trains and operations.
The current tender covers the first contract, while a tender for the third contract - to be delivered through a PPP - is expected later in the year.
“We’re getting on with the job of building this project – early construction work starts in coming months and the first tunnel boring machines will be in the ground in late 2014,” she said.
The New South Wales government will invest $3.3bn into the project, with the remainder of the funds coming from the private sector.
At an industry event in December, there was strong interest shown in the project by the private sector, and companies from around the world are expected to respond to the EoIs.