The Western Australian Government has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a contractor to deliver two METRONET projects.
The RFP calls on construction firms to deliver the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension under a bundled competitive alliance model – representing one of the state’s biggest ever package of infrastructure works.
The 17.5-kilometre Thornlie-Cockburn Link will provide Perth’s first east-west rail connection, linking Thornlie and Cockburn train stations.
The project involves construction of two new train stations at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road. New train stations will also be built at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.
The Yanchep Rail Extension is a 14.5-kilometre project will deliver the final section of the Joondalup rail line from Butler to Yanchep.
WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said construction of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link would reduce reliance on the state’s existing radial railway network and provide new options for train travel for eastern suburbs residents, along with a direct link from the Mandurah Line to Optus Stadium.
“Combining both projects under an alliance contract will enable these community-boosting railway lines to be built quickly, efficiently, and economically,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“This will also likely be the first big contract delivered under the WA Jobs Law, which will maximise the benefits of the projects to the state by delivering more local jobs for Western Australians.”
The state government said more than 3,000 jobs are expected to be created over both projects.
Applications close in October, with the shortlist to be announced in 2018.
After shortlisting, contractors will be required to provide a detailed bid indicating how they plan to construct the projects, before a contract to the successful bidder is awarded in mid-2019.