Qld firms compete for light rail project


Premier Anna Bligh has this week revealed the final shortlist of contenders to build Queensland’s first ever light rail system

May 25, 2010

Premier Anna Bligh has this week revealed the final shortlist of contenders to build Queensland’s first ever light rail system.

Out of the original six vying for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project, the three consortia going through to the next round are: GC Connect, GoldlinQ and Move GC.

Bligh says the $949 million project will generate thousands of jobs for the region, in addition to providing transit oriented development in key activity areas and supporting "huge" population growth on the Coast.

"We are now another step closer to delivering a light rail network that will help meet the needs of population growth on the Gold Coast and provide more services and options for commuters," she says.

"The three short-listed consortia represent the best and brightest in the design, build and operation of light rail systems across the world and we look forward to seeing how that experience will be translated to deliver Queensland’s first light rail system."

GC Connect is composed of MTR Corporation, John Holland, ITOCHU Corporation and RBS Group (Australia).

GoldlinQ is made up of Keolis SA, Downer EDI, Bombardier Transportation Australia, McConnell Dowell Constructors and Plenary Group.

Move GC is the final contender, composed of Veolia, Leighton Contractors, Alstom and Macquarie.

Between now and the end of the year, these three finalists will participate in a Request for Proposal process.

"This process will provide the project team with the necessary information to make a well informed decision on the final contract winner," Bligh adds.

Stage One of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project is a 13km light rail corridor linking the Griffith University at Southport to Broadbeach.

Operations are scheduled to begin in 2014.




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