World Wants To Invest In Melbourne Metro

Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project, Melbourne Metro Rail, has attracted strong interest from international and local construction companies through the formal Registration of Interest process.

A total of 44 organisations from 11 different countries have formally registered their interest in the largest package of works on the mega-project, which includes two nine-kilometre rail tunnels and five underground stations, and which will be one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects.

The companies are together responsible for the completion of infrastructure projects in over 63 countries worldwide.

Six out of the top ten construction companies in the world have registered their interest, as have four out of Australia’s top-5 non-residential construction companies (Lend-Lease, Thiess, Brookfield Multiplex and CPB).

A number of the interested construction companies are currently involved in some of the world’s largest public transport projects including Crossrail in London and Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.

Of the companies that have formally registered interest, many are world renowned for the type of infrastructure that Metro will include.

One of the construction companies, Salini Impregilo, was named “Contractor of the Year” at the 2015 International Tunnelling Awards, hosted by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association.

Another company, Acciona is the holder of the world record for tunnel boring machine performance during construction of the Legacy Way Tunnel in Brisbane.

The formal registrations of interest are for the designing and building the tunnels and stations, as well as the financing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure.

Additional works will be delivered through separate procurement packages, including relocation of existing services, reconfiguration of existing tracks, and high capacity and conventional signalling upgrades.

Quotes attributable to the Treasurer Tim Pallas

“The market interest we’re seeing from internationally renowned and respected construction companies both here and abroad is a huge vote of confidence in the Melbourne Metro project, and investment in Victorian infrastructure.”

“This is a project that will transform Melbourne: making it easier and quicker to move around the city and creating thousands of jobs along the way.”