Preferred bidder selected to deliver East West Link
09 September 2014
Joint release with:
Hon. Michael O'Brien MP
Treasurer of Victoria
Hon. Terry Mulder MP
Victorian Minister for Roads
The Australian Government and Victorian Coalition Government today announced the preferred bidder had been selected to enter into final negotiations to deliver the eastern section of the East West Link.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs, Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien and Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced that the East West Connect consortium has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the project.
“This is another important milestone for this world class project which brings us one step closer to the start of major construction by late 2014,” Mr Briggs said.
“The East West Link will create thousands of new jobs, slash travel times for motorists and unlock the economic capacity of Victoria's transport network, which is why we are providing $3 billion towards both stages of the project,” Mr Briggs said.
Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the Napthine Government was pleased with the high standard of bids received to deliver the project.
“Following an extensive evaluation process the Victorian Government will now enter into exclusive negotiations with East West Connect to deliver what is one of the world's largest infrastructure projects currently out to tender,” Mr O'Brien said.
“East West Connect has significant experience in delivering projects of this size and scale both in Australia and overseas.
“Negotiation with the preferred bidder around the delivery of the eastern section of the East West Link commences the final stage of the tender process.” Mr O'Brien said.
The tender process included competitive bidding by initially three, then two, bidders. The tender process is expected to be concluded by October.
Mr Mulder said the East West Link would change the way people moved around Melbourne, slashing travel times along the project corridor, providing better access for freight and connecting Victoria's freeway network.
“This is a state changing project that enables the Coalition Government to deliver vital infrastructure to keep Victoria moving and to boost economic activity,” Mr Mulder said.
“This vital piece of transport infrastructure, together with the CityLinkâ€“Tulla widening project, is part of an integrated solution to improve connectivity across Victoria's road network.”
The Minister for Planning must also consider a number of Development Plans relevant to the technical solutions proposed by East West Connect as required under his Approval Decision of 30 June 2014.
Details of the preferred consortia are available at www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au