Joint venture selected as preferred bidder for Perth’s Forrestfield-Airport Link

19 February 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A joint venture comprising of Salini Impregilo and NRW has been selected as the preferred bidder to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link, Perth.

Joint venture selected as preferred bidder for Perth’s Forrestfield-Airport Link

The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has revealed its preferred bidder to construct the planned Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth, Australia. A joint venture comprising of Salini Impregilo S.p.A. and NRW Pty Ltd, has been selected to fulfil the main design and construct contract.

Forrestfield-Airport Link project has hit a major milestone – by announcing their preferred proponent as Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture (made up of Salini Impregilo S.p.A. and NRW Pty Ltd) to fulfil the main Design and Construct contract.

It brings to an end a 15-week period of evaluating proposals from the three shortlisted proponents including Forrestfield Connect (ACCIONA Infrastructure, BAM International and Ferrovial Agroman) and JHL JV (John Holland and Leighton Contractors). The proposals were judged on a combination of their price and plans for design and construction, as well as innovation, stakeholder engagement and delivery management plans.

$2bn Forrestfield-Airport Link due to open in 2020

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for a project that will change the way the people of Perth, and in particular Perth’s eastern foothills, travel to our city.

“The State Government has a proud track record of investing in important transport infrastructure projects and I look forward to another eventful year on this landmark project.”

The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a $2billion State Government-funded train line that will connect Forrestfield to the city via Perth Airport. The route will open up Perth’s eastern suburbs to the rail network and give Perth Airport Rail users a travel option that is five minutes faster than by car.

The rail link will connect with the existing Midland line near Bayswater Station and will run to Forrestfield through underground tunnels, to ensure minimal impact on the existing land and road network.

The Public Transport Authority will now enter into negotiations with Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture to finalise the contract by May 2016.

Construction will start later this year and the first trains are expected to run on the line in 2020.

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