Bids are in for $10.9 bil Metro Tunnel and stations

Three consortia have placed their bids to become the builders of the new Melbourne Metro Tunnel, which will create nearly 5,000 new jobs.

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The Victorian government has announced that bids from three consortia have been received for the $6 billion Metro Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The new bids are being assessed by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and include some of the biggest construction firms in Australia and from around the world.

They include:

  • Continuum Victoria – comprising ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination
  • Cross Yarra Partnership – comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital
  • Moving Melbourne Together – comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital

According to the Victorian government, their proposals include more than 100,000 pages of detailed plans to build the nine-kilometre Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

‘At the same time, early works on the $10.9 billion mega-project have received formal planning approval, and will ramp up over the coming months,’ a release from the government said.

The government has made the tunnel a significant jobs pitch, saying that its construction will create at least 4,700 local jobs.

A contract for the PPP is expected to be awarded by the end of the year, according to the state government, in time for construction on the Tunnels and Stations package to begin in 2018.

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