Tender Out to Deliver and Operate Sydney’s Light Rail Network

Posted 10 March 2014

The NSW Government has now formally released a Request for Proposals for the major contract covering the design, construction, services relocations, operation, maintenance and finance of the new 12-kilometre CBD and South East Light Rail.

The successful tenderer will also operate and maintain the expanded Inner West Light Rail network.

The consortia short-listed to tender for the PPP are:

  • SydneyConnect – including Serco Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and Plenary Group Pty Ltd
  • iLinQ – including Keolis Downer, Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital
  • Connecting Sydney – including Transdev Pty Ltd, Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd and Capella Capital.

Construction of this project will be disruptive, so tenderers have been asked to focus on demonstrating how they can deliver and operate light rail in a way that minimises impacts and maximises benefits.

We expect innovative thinking and detailed planning to be done over the coming months, before they submit their tenders later in the year.

Subject to planning approval, it is expected that the PPP contract will be awarded in late 2014. Work on the $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail project will take five or six years to complete.

From mid-2015, the successful tenderer will also operate and maintain the existing light rail network, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and through the inner west to Dulwich Hill.