Contractors compete for Metronet builds

20/01/2021 - 11:00

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Six preferred bidders have been announced for three Metronet projects, including consortiums led by Downer EDI and Laing O’Rourke for the $481 million Byford rail extension.

Contractors compete for Metronet builds
The government has announced preferred bidders for three Metronet tenders. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Six preferred bidders have been announced for three Metronet projects, including consortiums led by Downer EDI and Laing O'Rourke for the $481 million Byford rail extension.

The state government is expected to award the Byford rail contract by mid-2021.

Downer’s consortium, Byford Alliance, will include CPB Contractors, Aurecon and Carey Mining's civil arm CareyMC. The competing MetConnx Alliance includes Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction, Pritchard Francis Consulting, and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR).

The government said the project’s scope may be expanded to include an elevated rail line, similar to Melbourne’s Skyrail.

In November, the government said early work to remove the Thomas Road level crossing in Byford, had commenced.

Contractors have also been shortlisted for removal of three level crossings on the Armadale line in Victoria Park, including Mint Street, Oats Street and Welshpool Road.

The two bid teams are led by Downer and Acciona/Coleman Rail respectively.

The government said it will seek costings for a further three level crossing removals from bidders.

About $208 million was allocated in the state budget for the three removals.

Proponents were shortlisted for the construction of a new train station at Midland, too, including Downer and SMEC Australia in one alliance, while McConnell Dowell and Georgiou Group head another.

All three projects are co-funded by the federal government.

The state government has said nine Metronet projects are under way.

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