The Western Australian Government has begun its search for a company to design and construct the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line with the Request for Proposal (RFP) now released to market.

The RFP calls on companies to design, construct and commission the new METRONET rail line under a competitive alliance model.

The main works contract will include the design, construction and commissioning of rail track, systems and five stations. This will include bulk earthworks and retaining, structures, grade separations, roads and drainage.

The two best submissions for the main works will be shortlisted, with the shortlisted consortia required to provide a detailed bid indicating how they plan to deliver the project.

A contract is expected to be awarded later in 2020, with main construction work to start in 2021. 

Enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line have started with early works already underway at Bayswater Station, and construction starting on Tonkin Gap later this year.

The 21km Morley-Ellenbrook Line will spur off the Midland Line at Bayswater, run up the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the western side of Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street) and finish in Ellenbrook town centre.

Five stations – Ellenbrook, Whiteman, Malaga, Noranda and Morley – will be built as part of the project, with a future-proofing provision for a sixth station at Bennett Springs East.

The RFP release comes after an industry briefing on 11 December 2019, where over 300 people from construction and related companies attended to hear all about the project and the opportunities it presents.

Local businesses are encouraged to complete the Construction Business Register which will be provided to shortlisted bidders during the competitive tender phase and again after contract award.

The project definition plan, which outlines the scope and budget for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, will be completed in mid-2020. For more information visit the project page.

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said METRONET infrastructure projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will create thousands of local opportunities as well as improve public transport options across the suburbs.

“This year alone we will have an unprecedented six METRONET projects underway, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses,” Mr McGowan said.

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be involved in being a part of creating and building Western Australia’s public transport network.”

Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said the Request for Proposal for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line marks another significant milestone for this major METRONET project.

“Through METRONET, we have been working with local companies in the lead up to going to market so they can leverage opportunities and maximise local jobs,” Ms Saffioti said.

“The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of building critical public transport links, and I would urge local companies to put their best foot forward and bid for the chance to deliver this key rail line.”

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