ACTivate and Canberra Metro are the two consortia that have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than USD 1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced.
“Following a strong industry response from local, national and international companies and detailed evaluation of the four expressions of interest, I am pleased to announce ACTivate and Canberra Metro have been shortlisted,” Corbell said.
The consortia will now progress through to the request for proposals stage before a successful bidder is selected in early 2016 with construction to commence later that year.
The selection of a successful bidder to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance the light rail service from the City to Gungahlin will occur in 2016, with construction to commence later that year.
Capital Metro is the second major infrastructure project in the ACT to be delivered by a public private partnership. It will deliver a modern, world-class public transport system that will help prevent a projected 57-minute average commute by car between City and Gungahlin in 2031.