Work is already underway to clear the site of the future Cross River Rail station and busway interchange at Woolloongabba.

AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has shortlisted ‘a strong field of national and multinational companies’ to bid for the two main works packages to build and equip the A$5·4bn Cross River Rail link in Brisbane, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced on February 20.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority invited expressions of interest in September 2017 for the Tunnel, Stations & Development PPP concession and the Rail, Integration & Systems alliance, following an industry briefing event the previous month. Bids were due in November.

Following a comprehensive evaluation of 89 submissions, the authority has shortlisted three consortia for the TSD concession:
• the Cimic-led Pulse group including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF;
• the Qonnect grouping of QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues;
• the CentriQ consortium of Plenary Group, Acciona, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group.

Two bidders have been shortlisted for the RIS contract:
• the River City Alliance of Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, GHD, Aurecon and Systra Scott Lister Australia;
• the Unity Alliance of CPB Contractors, UGL Engineering, Jacobs Group, and AECOM.

The shortlisted companies ‘will now be required to prepare detailed bids that demonstrate innovation and offer Queenslanders the highest possible value for money’, Trad explained. The final selection process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with the contracts awarded during 2019. This would see the project completed by 2024.

Describing Cross River Rail as ‘Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project’, Trad said it was ‘a transformational project that will unlock the bottleneck at the core of our transport network and increase its capacity to deliver “turn-up-and-go” public transport’. It is expected to generate 7 700 jobs during construction and stimulate economic development opportunities across South East Queensland.