Bus station to sink

A Perth bus station will go down into the ground as part of the Perth City Link Project

June 11, 2013

A Perth bus station is a step closer to being sunk as part of the Perth City Link Project.

Candidates for sinking the bus station have been shortlisted, bringing completion of the project's second major stage closer.

Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell last week announced the work would be undertaken through an alliance contract with the Public Transport Authority (PTA), similar to the PCL Rail Alliance, which has been sinking the rail lines west of the Horseshoe Bridge.

"The PTA’s partner for the Wellington Street bus station project will be selected from either City Busport Alliance –Brookfield Multiplex and BG&E – or Translink Alliance – John Holland and Aurecon," Buswell says.

Buswell says the procurement process for the bus project began earlier this year.

He says the plan was for a seamless transition from the rail part of the project to the bus station work.

"Works to sink the Fremantle rail lines into a tunnel have been progressing well,"
Buswell says.

"The State Government is hoping for completion ahead of the mid-2014 scheduled date."

"With this in mind, the PTA put the bus project out to tender in January and we are now down to the two final proponents."

Later this year, the two groups will provide the PTA with detailed proposals.

"Sinking the bus station is an essential part of delivering the full Perth City Link vision - transforming our capital city by restoring a direct connection between the CBD and Northbridge," Buswell says.

"This next assessment stage is crucial to define the project scope and competitively assess the two proponents. The bus project contract will be awarded in October this year."

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