CRR awards major contract

A consortium has been awarded a major public private partnership (PPP) package on the AU$5.4 billion Cross River Rail (CRR) project.

Cross River Rail is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Queensland, installing a 10.2 km railway – with 5.9 km tunnelled under the Brisbane river and CBD – to connect the northern and southern rail networks and add four new inner-city stations.

The Pulse consortium – comprising CIMIC Group, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors and UGL – reached contractual close with the Queensland State Government to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development PPP package.

Under the agreement, Pulse will deliver tunnelling works, new underground stations and ongoing maintenance services.

The Unity Alliance – comprising CPB Contractors, UGL, Jacobs and AECOM – was previously announced as the preferred contractor for the rail, integration and systems packages.

CIMIC subsidiary CPB Contractors will also deliver the design and construction in a joint venture with Ghella, BAM International and UGL, with UGL providing maintenance services for the project for 24 years.

“CIMIC’s integrated approach to PPP projects is based on our end-to-end capabilities across a project’s lifecycle,” said CIMIC CEO Michael Wright.

“As Australia’s premier rail infrastructure and services provider, we will finance, design, construct and maintain the new tunnels and rail stations, in partnership with the state government, to deliver world class rain assets and services for southeast Queensland.”

Contractual close took place on 30 June, with construction to being later in 2019.

The project is planned to be operational in 2024.

For more information visit the CIMIC website.

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