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Final bids in for Melbourne Metro Tunnel PPP

The three shortlisted consortia have summited final offers to build a 9km tunnel and five stations for the $8.2bn mega-project.

The Victorian government has received final bids from shortlisted teams for an A$6 billion ($4.54 billion; €4.26 billion) project package that is part of Melbourne Metro PPP, the state’s biggest-ever public transport scheme. 

The three pre-selected groups include large Australian and international developers as well as capital providers: Continuum Victoria comprises ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination, while Cross Yarra Partnership includes Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. 

The third group, Moving Melbourne Together, is formed of Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital. 

They are competing for a contract to build a 9km metro tunnel and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain, which is the largest bundle in a series of packages forming the A$10.9 billion Melbourne Metro PPP. 

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority is assessing these final bids. The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of this year, with construction of this package set to begin in 2018. 

Having received formal planning approval, early works on the Melbourne Metro PPP are due to accelerate over the coming months, according to the Victorian government. This A$324 million package, the first of the series, was awarded to John Holland last June. It entails the excavation of huge open shafts in the centre of Melbourne to allow for underground construction.