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Transport for New South Wales has announced that the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium (NRT) is the preferred bidder of Australia's biggest public transport PPP project, the North West Rail Link.
The total investment for the project is estimated at AU$8.3 billion. The project will be developed on a design, build, finance, operation and maintenance (DBFOM) basis for a period of 15 years.
UGL in joint venture with MTR Corporation will design and deliver the tunnel systems, rolling stock, rail signalling and overall control systems. Operations and maintenance of the service will be undertaken by UGL, MTR Corporation and John Holland over a 15 year period.
The project will serve a 36 kilometre route between Rouse Hill and Chatswood, delivering world class public transport to the fast growing region of North West Sydney. The contract includes:
In early December 2013 we published that Transport for New South Wales had received two proposals for the Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) Package of the North West Rail link project. The other consortium that also bid for the project was TransForm which was formed by Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell, John Laing Investments and Macquarie Capital Group.