Industry interest high to fix M5 East and build WestConnex Stage 2

Media Release


14 October 2014

Joint release with:

Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight;
Leader of the Government Legislative Council

The Australian and New South Wales governments are getting on with delivering WestConnex Stage Two with five consortia lodging expressions of interest to fix Sydney's M5 East tunnels.

The new motorway tunnels from Beverly Hills to St Peters will bring relief to the 100,000 long suffering motorists using the M5 corridor between Sydney's south-west and the airport, port and CBD.

It will slash travel times for motorists and help unlock Sydney's economic capacity meaning more opportunities for local businesses to compete and prosper.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay today announced the international companies and consortia bidding to build the WestConnex Stage 2 tunnels are:

  • Lend Lease Acciona Joint Venture
  • Leighton Dragados Samsung Joint Venture
  • Salini Impregilo
  • Strabag AG
  • TunneLink (consisting of Ferrovial Agroman, Ghella and McConnell Dowell Constructors)

The global interest in building WestConnex is a significant vote of confidence in our joint record investments in world class infrastructure to transform Sydney's transport network.

WestConnex will help Sydney cope with the additional 1.5 million people expected to call the city home by 2030, particularly along the M5 growth corridor.

The preferred design and preferred contractor for the Stage 2 tunnel work will be selected by mid-2015, ahead of the exhibition of the environmental impact statement.

The Stage 2 tunnel contract is the second multi-billion dollar WestConnex contract to go to market, following the M4 East tunnel contract for Stage 1.

Seven expressions of interest have also been received for the construction-only contract to deliver the first part of Stage 2 to be constructed the M5—King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade.

The busy Interchange is a critical bottleneck which causes congestion throughout the corridor.
The seven contractors and joint ventures to submit expressions of interest are:

  • Abergeldie Obayashi Joint Venture
  • BMD Constructions
  • Civil Mining and Construction and Downer Joint Venture
  • Fulton Hogan Construction
  • John Holland
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust.)
  • Seymour Whyte Constructions

Work is now under way on assessing submissions and a shortlist is expected to be selected at the end of the month.

The upgrade will create more than 100 new jobs during construction and increase capacity on the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp between King Georges Road and the M5 East.

The construct-only contract involves realignment and extension work at the interchange ahead of the major tunnel work from Beverly Hills to St Peters.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) for the interchange upgrade is being prepared and will go on exhibition before the end of the year.

The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion worth of funding and the Australian Government $1.5 billion, in addition to a $2 billion concessional loan.

WestConnex is expected to generate up to 10,000 jobs during construction, and deliver more than $20 billion in economic benefits to NSW.

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