Forrestfield airport rail link builder selected

The State Government yesterday announced Perth-based NRW Holdings in a joint venture with Italy’s Salini Impregilo as the preferred bid from a shortlist of three tenders for the $2 billion project to connect the foothills to the city by rail.

The others bidders were Forrestfield Connect, a joint venture between ACCIONA Infrastructure, BAM International and Ferrovial Agroman, and JHL JV, a joint venture between John Holland and Leighton Contractors.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said negotiations to finalise the contract by May would begin between the preferred joint venture and the Public Transport Authority.

“We envisage the contractor will mobilise on site in the coming months,” Mr Nalder said.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for a project that will change the way the people of Perth, and in particular Perth’s eastern foothills, travel to our city.

“Planning for this transformational project is well advanced.”

The State passed the Railway (Forrestfield-Airport Link) Bill last year.

Works at the Forrestfield station site for service relocations have been under way since December.

The rail link is due to open in 2020.

It will connect with the existing Midland line near Bayswater and run underground to Forrestfield.