GALLERY: North West Rail Link proposals lodged with Transport for NSW

Two shortlisted consortia made up of almost 30 companies from across Australia and around the world have lodged their proposals with Transport for NSW on how they plan to run the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link.

PHOTO GALLERY: Click here to tour the eight new train stations.

The two Operations, Trains and Systems contract proposals will be assessed before the NSW government awards the contract in the second half of next year.

The contract covers:

■ building the eight new railway stations;

■ delivering commuter car parks for more than 4000 cars;

■ supplying the new-generation rapid-transit single-deck trains;

■ building and operating the stabling and maintenance facility at Tallawong Road;

■ installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems;

■ converting the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link for the new rapid-transit system; and

■ operating the North West Rail Link, including all maintenance work.

The contract will be delivered as a public private partnership, subject to value-for-money criteria being met.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said: “The project is on time and on budget and the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground by the end of next year.”

The two consortia are:

❏ Northwest Rapid Transit: MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group; and

❏ TransForm – Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), John Laing Investments, Macquarie Capital Group.

Eight new railway stations are proposed as part of the North West Rail Link at: Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road.

The rail link includes 15 kilometres of tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping - Australia's longest rail tunnels.

The first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground next year, as scheduled, with the project expected to be completed by 2019.

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