THE QUEENSLAND government has invited expressions of interest for a concession to finance, design, build, operate and maintain a light rail network in Brisbane, costed at A$230m. Bids are due by June 16.

The government confirmed in May that it had selected a preferred route for the 14 km initial line. It will start from Newstead and run via Teneriffe and Fortitude Valley to the city centre, serving the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Roma Street station. It would then cross to the south bank of the Brisbane river to serve the University of Queensland, terminating at West End.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited later this year to submit more detailed tenders, with technical, and financial proposals. o