Bay link tenders listed

A long time coming, there is now ‘movement at the station’ as Redcliffe’s rail link is sorted

Bay link tenders listed
Bay link tenders listed

February 5, 2013

Much like the Boston Red Sox taking the World Series, or Queensland winning its first Sheffield Shield, southern Queensland’s Redcliffe rail link has taken several decades to be realised, but it’s about to happen as two construction companies have now been shortlisted.

Letters of offer for the final stage of the competitive tendering process were sent this week to Salini Bielby Winslow Joint Venture and Thiess Contractors.

The two remaining tenderers have been shortlisted to further develop their design and construction solutions for the project.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says it was essential for whoever is finally chosen to build the rail link to have the best team and technical capabilities to see the project through to completion.

"Construction of this long awaited, often promised rail line to the Redcliffe Peninsula is part of an unprecedented Federal investment in public transport nationwide," Albanese says.

Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson says tackling the many design aspects of this large and complex project had been the focus of four tenderers through the latter part of 2012.

"I commend the four teams who have spent an enormous amount of creative energy and invested their considerable expertise in coming up with solutions for the Moreton Bay Rail Link," Emerson says.

"The two shortlisted teams will now work independently to finalise the key features and layout of the dual track line, bridges and associated road and precinct works," he says.

"Six new rail stations will be built at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring. The project also includes a train stabling facility at Kippa-Ring."

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland says the Moreton Bay Rail Link was a significant project for one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas.

"This is crucial infrastructure that will serve the region’s booming population for decades to come and drive additional investment," he says.

The Moreton Bay Rail Link is a $1.147 billion project which has being jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $742 million, the Queensland Government $300 million and the Moreton Bay Regional Council $105 million.

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