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Leightons wins railway contract

LEIGHTON Contractors has been selected as the preferred proponent to undertake multi-million dollar works to alter the Kwinana Freeway as part of Perth’s $1.4 billion New MetroRail project.

The contract is worth about $100 million and is scheduled to be formally awarded in December.

The works, known as "Package E" comprise the design and construction of the civil, structural and drainage works required to accommodate the railway from the Narrows Bridge to Glen Iris.

It includes work to alter and strengthen the Narrows and Mount Henry bridges, realign freeway carriageways, construct railway formation and replace the on-ramp bus bridge at Canning Highway.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the preferred proponent was selected from two consortia that submitted detailed project proposals for consideration in August.

The other proponent was the Thiess Barclay Mowlem Joint Venture.

"Leighton Contractors was selected for its competitive proposal and its ability to deliver a quality product through a highly skilled and motivated project team," Ms MacTiernan said.

She said the contract price would depend on finalising design concepts and the outcome of negotiations with Leighton Contractors.

On site construction work is anticipated to start in early 2004 with project completion scheduled for December 2005.

Main Roads will manage Package E and the works it contains on behalf of the New MetroRail project team.

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