The State Government has received five strong Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, marking another important milestone in the $2 billion project.
They are from:
Connecting Forrestfield (Lend Lease and Ghella)
CRCC-BGC-VDM JV (China Railway Construction Corporation, BGC and VDM)
Forrestfield Connect (Acciona, BAM and Ferrovial Agroman)
JHL JV (Leighton Contractors and John Holland)
SI-NRW JV (Salini Impregilo and NRW).
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said it showed a high level of market interest, with the project attracting major international contractors to Perth.
"The strong mix of national and international respondents is a positive development for the project and shows the market has been well engaged, informed and is prepared to bid for this innovative project," Mr Nalder said.
The Public Transport Authority is evaluating the submissions to determine which respondents will be invited to progress to the Request for Proposal phase.
The shortlisted respondents will be announced in late April, with the contract to be awarded by mid-2016. It will be a single design and construct package including tunnel and civil infrastructure, track, stations and rail systems with signalling, communications and power.
Meanwhile, water and soil quality sampling along the route is almost completed. More than 100 bore holes have been drilled as part of the geotechnical investigations and samples have been taken from 70 monitoring wells.
The Minister said the sampling would help the project team make informed decisions about the best way to proceed with tunnelling for the new rail line.
"This innovative project will see two rail tunnels bored underground from Bayswater, beneath the Swan River and Perth Airport, out to Forrestfield," he said.
"It is vital that we are aware of any potential soil or water conditions prior to tunnelling, to ensure construction impacts during the delivery phase are minimised."
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Transport Minister Dean Nalder and PTA tunnelling expert Eric Hudson-Smith inspect Forrestfield-Airport Link soil sampling works underway in Bayswater