The shortlist of consortia bidding to build the state’s largest infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, has been announced.
Despite being pushed back almost a year – the shortlist was due to be announced in May 2017 – Acting Premier Jackie Trad blamed the delay on the conflict over funding with the federal government.
"If this process had occurred in May last year it would have occurred before there was money for the project," Trad told reporters on Tuesday.
Trad said that the shortlist followed a comprehensive evaluation of the expressions of interest received for the project’s two major works packages: The Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership and the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance.
“Shortlisted companies will now be required to prepare detailed bids that demonstrate innovation and offer Queenslanders the highest possible value for money."
“Once the assessment process is complete, the consortia selected from these shortlists will be building this project. "
The Palaszczuk government committed to on-time delivery of the project from here on in, after the turbulent years leading up to the contract announcement.
The process to select the consortium to build Cross River Rail is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with the successful tenderer then expected to take up to a further year to begin physical work on the project.
The project involves the delivery of a 10.2km north-south rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills through the exhibition showgrounds, including 5.9 kilometres of rail tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.
Demand for Brisbane's rail services is forecasted to double by 2026, and triple by 2036. The project seeks to respond to these demand pressures by providing transport options to 164,000 passengers daily.
The election of a Labor government in November eliminated uncertainty over whether the project would have been scrapped or delayed under a Liberal government.
“We promised to build Cross River Rail and that is exactly what we are doing," Trad said.
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CIMIC Group-led consortium, including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF
QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues
Plenary Group, ACCIONA, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group
Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited, GHD Pty Ltd, Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd, SYSTRA Scott Lister Australia Pty Ltd
CPB Contractors Pty Limited, UGL Engineering Pty Limited, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
Main image: A concept image of the Roma Street station servicing Cross River Rail.