Global competition for NSW’s largest road infrastructure project

The NSW Government has received expressions of interest from four joint ventures for the WestConnex M4 East contract.

Submissions were received from Thiess Samsung John Holland joint venture, Lend Lease Bouygues joint venture, Future Connect (Acciona Obayashi McConnell Dowell Ghella joint venture) and Salini Impregilo joint venture.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the overwhelming response from industry to get involved in the project will help stimulate competition, drive down project costs and create new local employment and business opportunities.

“Work will now start on assessing the submissions and next month a request for tender will be issued to shortlisted joint ventures,” said Briggs.

According to NSW Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay, the project will slash travel times and significantly improve the safety performance of Sydney's transport network.

Pending planning approval, work will start on the M4 Widening early next year and then the following year for the M4 East.

“The preferred tenderer for M4 East will also be selected in mid-2015, before the display of the EIS. The preferred concept design and EIS will be displayed for community consultation shortly after,” said Gay.

WestConnex is expected to save 40 minutes on a typical travel journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport by bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights, helping the city cope with an expected population increase of 1.3 million over the next 20 years.

The Australian Government is providing $1.5 billion towards WestConnex plus an additional concessional loan of up to $2 billion to accelerate construction of Stage Two by up to 18 months. The NSW Government is investing $1.8 billion in WestConnex.

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