Main Tenders Delayed Three Months
From the City Rail Link Limited – responsible for building the City Rail Link
City Rail Loop Tender Delay
The release of tender documents for the City Rail Link tunnels and stations will be delayed by up to three months following the withdrawal of a preferred bidder from the process.
CRL chief executive Chris Meale says while the withdrawal is disappointing it won’t prevent progress on the CRL tender and discussions have already started with another prospective bidder.
“We are fortunate that the initial line-up of eight bidders for the project was exceptional and it was a hard choice to determine the top two.”
Mr Meale said one of them made its own commercial decision to withdraw this week. “While we are naturally disappointed, we are moving on.”
It is too early to tell if the three-month delay will roll on into the current project completion date of early 2024.
Given the construction industry (particularly one firm that has been hitting headlines a bit too much recently) I am concerned on potential delays that could impact the City Rail Link opening in 2024.
Given the scope the CRL I do wonder if we should have been more prudent and allow China Railways to come in and build the CRL given their shear size and capabilities to handle large infrastructure projects (the CRL would be a drop in the bucket to some programs like Chinese High Speed Rail).
Hope the Transport Minister is keeping an eye on this…