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Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through three major infrastructure packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership; the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance; and the European Train Control System (ETCS) contract.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process the preferred consortia for these three significant contracts have been announced. See our news article here.

The project will now progress significantly with major contractors establishing an active onsite presence by the end of the year.

Next steps include finalising contracts, design refinement and site investigations, mobilisation of workforces and establishment of site presence.

Major works packages

Tunnel, Stations and Development

The Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership will deliver the underground section of the project.

The scope of work will include:

  • the tunnel from a southern portal near Dutton Park station, under the Brisbane River and the CBD, to a northern portal beyond Normanby
  • four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street
  • development opportunity above the new Albert Street station
  • the tunnel portals and dive structures
  • all associated mechanical, electrical and safety systems, including vertical transportation for passengers at underground stations
  • underground track work, traction power systems and selection rail operation and control infrastructure.
A Tunnel boring machine in a staging area.
The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will be delivered by PULSE.

The PULSE consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.

See our news article here.

Rail, Integration and Systems

The Rail, Integration and Systems alliance will deliver the design, supply and installation of the supporting rail systems and integrate Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail’s train network, and an upgrade to Exhibition Station.

The scope of work will include:

  • rail civil and electrical works
  • rail operation systems and controls
  • rail signalling and communications.
Concept image of a train going through the new Cross River Rail underground tunnels.
The Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance will be delivered by UNITY Alliance.

UNITY Alliance brings together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.

See our news article here.

European Train Control System

The Queensland Government is investing $634 million to introduce the European Train Control System (ETCS), which will improve capacity on the inner-city rail network and enhance safety.

The ETCS technology will allow the South East Queensland rail network to work harder and smarter, improving capacity on the busy inner-city network.

ETCS features are important for the safe operation of the Cross River Rail twin tunnels.

Due to the interdependence between the ETCS, Cross River Rail and new Generation Rollingstock projects, the Queensland Government has integrated governance of these projects with the Delivery Authority responsible for the procurement and delivery of the ETCS Level 2 Project.

The European Train Control System (ETCS) will be delivered by Hitachi Rail STS.

See our news article here.

Minor works packages

Minor works contracts are currently limited to specialist Early Works (e.g. demolition and borehole drilling etc.) and once major works contractors have mobilised, future minor works opportunities will be detailed at this website.

There are currently no minor works contracts open for tender.

Industry briefing

Industry Briefing Slides

Industry Briefing Slides

30/08/2017

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Industry Briefing Video

30/08/2017

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Industry Briefing Booklet

Industry Briefing Booklet

30/08/2017

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An industry briefing was held on 30 August 2017, to kickstart the procurement process for the two major packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership and the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance.

The briefing was attended by 500 people with more than 150 people viewing the briefing online.

Registration for the RIS alliance opened on 19 September 2017 and closed on 27 September 2017. Invitations to submit an EOI were then issued on 29 September with submissions lodged by 17 November 2017.

Registration for the TSD public-private partnership opened on 5 September 2017 and closed on 22 September 2017. Invitations to submit an EOI were then issued on 27 September with submissions lodged by 20 November 2017.

As Cross River Rail is a major infrastructure project, the Expression of Interest (EOI) process attracted strong interest from both national and multinational companies.

Bidders were evaluated against a range of criteria which included capability, track record and commercial robustness – leading to an announcement on 20 February 2018 of the five consortia shortlisted for the two major works packages.

These shortlisted companies were asked to prepare detailed bids which demonstrate innovation and offer Queenslanders the highest possible value for money.

The bids process for the RIS and the TSD closed on 30 August and 5 October 2018, respectively.

After undergoing a comprehensive evaluation process, the preferred consortia were announced on 04 April 2019.

See our news article here.

Contract finalisation will be by mid-2019.