Shortlisted consortia announced for three projects in Perth area

Perth MetronetThe Government of Western Australia has announced the shortlisted consortia for three Perth Metronet projects which include the Byford rail extension, Inner Armadale level crossing removal project and the construction of a new station at Midland. Major construction contracts for all three projects will be awarded later this year.

The projects are jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Western Australian Government, with the Commonwealth committing AUD 530.5 million (USD 410 million).

Following a Request for Proposal the Byford Alliance and MetCONNX Alliance will further develop their proposals for the construction of the 8-km Byford rail extension, to the Armadale Line, from Armadale station to a new station approximately 400m north of Abernethy Road in Byford.

  • Byford Alliance comprises Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors, Aurecon Australasia, and CareyMC;
  • MetCONNX Alliance is formed by Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, Pritchard Francis Consulting, and Kellogg Brown & Root.

In addition to taking cars off the road, the project will further help improve traffic flow by reconfiguring Thomas Road into a road-over-rail bridge with works already underway.

The shortlisted consortia will also provide priced options to potentially expand the project scope to include elevated rail. The final project scope is to be determined subject to stakeholder consultation, price and funding availability.

Following an expression of interest period, the Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance and Elevate Alliance will progress plans for removing six dangerous level crossings at Mint Street, Oats Street and Welshpool Road on the inner Armadale Line via an elevated rail solution.

  • Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance comprises Acciona/Coleman Rail, BMD Constructions, WSP Australia, and AECOM Australia;
  • Elevate Alliance includes Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors, GHD, Aurecon Australasia, and CareyMC.

While improving rail safety, the project will also help the revitalization of the area by creating new public spaces for community use. The shortlisted consortia will also provide a priced option for the Hamilton, Wharf and William streets package, which will be progressed later this year subject to funding.

For Midland’s new train station and its associated infrastructure, Transform Midland Alliance and Midland Junction Alliance were selected.

  • Transform Midland Alliance is made up by Downer EDI Works, SMEC Australia;
  • Midland Junction Alliance comprises McConnell Dowell Constructors, Georgiou Group, Arcadis Australia, and BG&E.

The proposals will include the design and construction of a new station between Helena and Cale streets, with three platforms, a 12-stand bus interchange and 600-bay multi-storey car park, and decommissioning and demolishing the existing 52-year old train station. Bringing the new station closer to the town centre and connecting it to the new Bellevue Depot and Manufacturing Centre will improve connectivity in the area and bring significant new employment opportunities to Midland.

Perth Metronet programme which currently has nine rail projects under construction, will re-shape the transport system in and around the capital. The strategy covers the construction of 72 new km of rail lines for passenger transport and 18 new stations.

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