Bids submitted for A$6b Melbourne's East West link project

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Bids submitted for A$6b Melbourne's East West link project

The Government of Victoria has announced that the three consortia shortlisted have submitted their bids to develop the first stage of the East West Link in Australia.

The consortia that submitted bids are the following:

East West Connect

Inner Link Group

Momentum Infrastructure

The project cost is estimated at A$6 billion (US$5.56 billion). The project is scheduled to be awarded on 16 October 2014.

The consortium formed by Salini, Impregilo, Hyundai, Egis, InfraLinx Capital and Aquasia was the only consortium that submitted interest in the project and was not qualified.

The East West Link project is an 18-kilometre cross city connection north of the Melbourne central business district. The full East West Link dramatically improves the connectivity between Melbourne's established east and rapidly growing west, joining the Eastern Freeway at Hoddle Street with the Western Ring Road in Sunshine West.

The East West Link project will be delivered as an availability PPP with the state initially retaining tolling and traffic risk.

Construction of the project is expected to commence in late 2014 with expected completion in 2019-20.

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