Aecom, BAM and Cimic win roles on $3.8bn Queensland rail contracts

The Queensland Government has awarded roles on the US$3.8bn Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane to three bidders

The Pulse consortium was awarded the underground section of the project. This is made up of Cimic and its subsidiaries Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors and UGL Engineering. It also includes UK infrastructure investor Dif, Dutch contractor BAM and Italian tunnelling specialist Ghella.

Pulse will also construct four underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, as well as a residential development above Albert Street station.

The Unity Alliance will work on the design, supply and installation of the supporting rail system. It will also deal with the integration of Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail’s train network, and carry out an upgrade to Exhibition Station. This team also includes CPB and UGL, as well as the Australian arms of two US engineers, Jacobs Group and Aecom,

A European Train Control System will be delivered by Hitachi Rail.

Some 7,700 full time jobs, including 450 apprentice and training opportunities, will be created during construction.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland, said: "We’re focused on building the major infrastructure Queenslanders need and delivering local jobs. That is what Cross River Rail is about. Cross River Rail means more trains, more often across the entire southeast."

A shortlist of teams was named in February 2018. Contractors are due to begin work on the project in the second half of the year.

Image courtesy of Cross River Rail

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