Major metro rail project calling for expressions of interest
With a project value of $10.9 billion the Metro Tunnel Project is the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history and ICN Victoria is working with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on an Industry Engagement strategy to help local suppliers get involved in the early stages.
‘There are three major consortia bidding for the overall project, with their tenders due in the first quarter of 2017,’ ICN Victoria’s Andrew Bradley said.
‘Due to the scale of the project ICN Victoria has allocated two Industry Advisers to each of the consortia to assist them maximise their local content. We are encouraging any competent, capable, qualified and experienced suppliers or sub-contractors across the Australian and New Zealand supply chain to complete an expression of interest at www.mmra.icn.org.au.’
The Victorian Government has identified the Metro Tunnel Project as a strategic project under the Local Jobs First Victorian Industry Participation Plan guidelines, which mandates a minimum level of local content that must be achieved as part of a bidder’s tender.
‘The Metro Tunnel Project is one of Australia's largest ever public transport infrastructure projects and Victoria's most complex rail upgrade in decades,’ Andrew said.
‘It will include twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels travelling underneath Swanston Street in the CBD, linking the Sunbury and Cranbourne/Pakenham lines as well as five new underground stations and tunnel entrances at Kensington and South Yarra.’
Major construction work is due to begin in 2017, with the project slated for completion in 2026.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the Metro Tunnel will relieve the pressure on the ‘busiest tram route in the world’ by providing turn-up-and-go train services under Swanston Street from Domain to Parkville.
‘New connections in South Yarra, South Melbourne and the CBD will enable trams to fan out across the city to where they are needed most in the future,’ Ms Allan said.
‘Route 58 will start next year as part of the transformation this massive project will deliver to our tram network, while it builds a new tunnel to run more trains in and out of the city from the suburbs and regions.’
According to the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, the fully-funded Metro Tunnel Project will ‘benefit all Victorians by making it easier to move around the city and enhancing access to jobs, education, health and culture’.
‘Melbourne's prosperity and all-important liveability will be strengthened by the shift towards more frequent, punctual and reliable train services enabled by a metro-style 'turn up and go' rail network that relieves network congestion and overcrowding in peak periods. The Metro Tunnel is a key part of this network change,’ MMRA states.
ICN Gateway currently has a large number of large and small work packages listed for expressions of interest.
‘We encourage local suppliers to get involved at this stage of the process – don’t wait until the major tender has been awarded as that may be too late,’ Andrew said. ‘While these are generic EOIs, every company that submits one will be included in the information to bidders.
‘The service we provide is aimed at complimenting your existing marketing and business development and enhancing your chances to be seen by major project owners.
In order to submit at EOI for any of the work packages, you need an ICN Gateway Company Profile.
For more information, visit the Metro Tunnel Project Gateway listing, or contact Andrew Bradley on 0447 446 091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.