Cross River Rail




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Preferred bidder announced

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Cross River Rail
Cross River Rail - Rail Integration and Systems RIS Alliance
Cross River Rail - Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) PPP
European Train Control System
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

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The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million


STATUS: Recently closed
VALUE: $5.4bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Alliance, Confirmed PPP, Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The Cross River Rail (CRR) project, identified by Building Queensland, aims to provide an additional rail crossing across the Brisbane River.

The project involves the delivery of a 10.2 kilometre north-south rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills through the Exhibition showgrounds, including 5.9 kilometres of rail tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

Demand for Brisbane's rail services is forecasted to double by 2026, and triple by 2036. The project seeks to respond to these demand pressures.

The 2017-18 Queensland Budget allocated $1.95 billion towards CRR adding to the Government's $800 million in-principle commitment in June 2016 and their $50 million allocation towards scoping work and the establishment of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA). A $129 million equity injection will be provided to CRRDA in FY2017-18.

The 2018-19 Queensland Budget saw a further $914 million allocated to CRR in the forward estimates (FY2021-22), meaning a total of $3.73 billion has been allocated to CRR. The Budget noted the remaining $1.7 billion will be allocated in future budgets out to FY2023-24. Nevertheless, the State Government will still seek Federal Government contributions and proceeds from commercial funding sources, such as the development of Government land around stations, to reduce the cost to the State. The Federal Government has committed $10 million towards the project to date.

In February 2017 the Queensland Government released a Request for Change of Proposal for public comment, outlining proposed alterations to the alignment and station locations of the project. The Change of Proposal was approved by the Coordinator-General in June 2017.

In July 2017 Infrastructure Australia (IA) released its evaluation of the business case, finding material concerns that would likely result in the Benefit Cost Ratio of the project being less than one. Despite this, IA lists CRR on its Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Initiative.

In August 2017, Building Queensland made the business case publicly available. The document has been updated to reflect changes in population statistics and government policy in the 14 months since being provided to government. Consequently the project's benefit cost ratio has been raised to 1.41.

In the 2017-18 Budget, the Federal Government said the project has the potential to be supported through the $10 billion National Rail Program, subject to a positive business case.

The Queensland Government and the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority held an industry briefing on August 30 2017, which provided a comprehensive overview of the project as well as timeframes for procurement. The CRR main works have been split into two packages:

  • The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) package, to be delivered as a Public Private Partnership, and
  • The Rail, Integration and Systems package, to be delivered as an Alliance.

 

Following the tendering process, a fourth Request for Change was submitted in May 2019 to the Coordinator-General for approval. Bidders were asked to identify changes to the Reference Design (previously approved in 2017) that would reduce the project's impacts. Proposed changes will be evaluated by the Coordinator-General, and be subject to a period of public consultation.

Early works commenced in August 2017 after approval from the Board of CRRDA in June.

CRR is scheduled for completion in 2024.



Last reviewed: 05/04/2019

Cross River Rail - Rail Integration and Systems RIS Alliance


PROJECT
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STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cross River Rail - Rail Integration and Systems RIS Alliance

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Alliance
TYPE: Greenfield

The Cross River Rail (CRR) project, identified by Building Queensland, aims to provide an additional rail crossing across the Brisbane River.

Overseen by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA), CRR involves the delivery of a 10.2 kilometre north-south rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills through the Exhibition showgrounds, including 5.9 kilometres of rail tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

The Rail Integration and Systems (RIS) Alliance is one of the two major packages of work that comprise CRR. The Alliance involves the design, supply and installation management of key work disciplines across the entire project and integration of the CRR into the Queensland Rail (QR) network. This comprises:

  • rail civil and electrical works
  • brownfield rail surface works primarily to the north of the tunnel, including the upgrade of Exhibition
  • station and a major augmentation of Mayne Yard
  • rail operational systems works
  • rail signalling works and communication, and
  • integration and commission activities.

 

European Train Control System (ECTS) level 2 signalling will be integrated into CRR, for which QR is procuring a provider separately.

The procurement of the RIS Alliance was a multi-stage procurement process, beginning with Registrations for Expressions of Interest in September 2017. Registrations closed on 27 September 2017 with the successful Registrants invited to participate in the Invitation for EOIs phase, which were released on 29 September 2017 and closed on 17 November 2017.

In February 2018, the Queensland Government announced two consortia had been shortlisted for the works:

  •  the River City Alliance, comprising Laing O’Rourke, GHD, Aurecon, SYSTRA Scott Lister, and
  •  the Unity Alliance, comprising CPB Contractors, UGL Engineering, Jacobs Group and AECOM.

 

The shortlisted consortia subsequently progressed to the Alliance Development Phase.

In April 2019, the Queensland Government announced the Unity Alliance as the preferred bidder. Contractual close was reached in August 2019.

Construction is scheduled to start in late-2019.



Last reviewed: 30/08/2019

Cross River Rail - Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) PPP


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 Cross River Rail - Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) PPP

STATUS: Recently closed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Confirmed PPP
TYPE: Greenfield

The Cross River Rail (CRR) project, identified by Building Queensland, aims to provide an additional rail crossing across the Brisbane River.

Overseen by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA), CRR involves the delivery of a 10.2 kilometre north-south rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills through the Exhibition showgrounds, including 5.9 kilometres of rail tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the second and larger of two major works packages that comprise CRR. The TSD package comprises underground works and brownfield rail surface works, including:

  • the 5.9 kilometre tunnel from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills;
  • four new underground stations at Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street; and Boggo Road, including in-station retail, station access and associated systems;
  • a section of rail surface works to enable the southern portal construction; and
  • a third platform at Dutton Park Station; and
  • asset maintenance and facilities management of the tunnel and four underground stations.

 

The TSD package also includes an over-station development at Albert Street and an above-ground retail plaza at Roma Street in the Brisbane CBD.

In December 2018, the Queensland Government declared a Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) for the delivery of Albert Street Station. The PDA covers two land areas on the corner of Albert and Mary Streets.

The concession period for the TSD PPP is 24 years. All rail operations that use CRR will be the responsibility of Queensland Rail (QR).

The procurement of the TSD PPP consists of a multi-stage procurement process, beginning with Registrations for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) which opened on 5 September 2017. Registrations closed on 22 September 2017, with the successful Registrants invited to participate in the Invitation for EOIs phase which were released on 27 September 2017 and closed on 20 November 2017.

In February 2018 the Queensland Government announced three consortia had been shortlisted for the Request for Proposal phase:

  • Pulse, a CIMIC Group-led consortium, including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF;
  • Qonnect, comprising QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues; and
  • CentriQ Partnerships, comprising Plenary Group, ACCIONA, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group.

 

In April 2019, the Queensland Government announced the Pulse consortium as the preferred bidder. Contractual close is expected by mid-2019, with construction scheduled to start in late-2019.

In May 2019 it was announced that plans to move the Roma Street Bus Interchange underground would progress as part of the Cross River Rail works. The project will be constructed by the Pulse consortium selected for the TSD PPP however it will be funded separately to the $5.4 billion allocated to CRR. Once complete, about 650 metres of the busway will be located underground, with the station sitting directly beneath a new Roma Street station retail plaza.

Following the tendering process, a fourth Request for Change was submitted in May 2019 to the Coordinator-General for approval. Bidders were asked to identify changes to the Reference Design (previously approved in 2017) that would reduce the project's impacts. Proposed changes, including the decision to move the Roma Street bus interchange underground, will be evaluated by the Coordinator-General, and be subject to a period of public consultation.

In July 2019, contractual and financial close was reached on the TSD PPP. The CIMIC-led PULSE consortium will begin construction later this year with completion scheduled for 2024. Pacific Partnerships is providing 49 per cent of the equity finance with the remaining 51 per cent split between DIF, BAM and Ghella. 



Last reviewed: 05/07/2019

European Train Control System


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 European Train Control System

STATUS: Preferred bidder announced
VALUE: $634M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Other,Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The project involves the delivery of the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the Queensland Rail network across the inner city rail lines between Northgate and Milton stations.

The ETCS is an automatic train protection system allowing more trains in a given time period to use a particular part of the network. The ETCS will be ‘Level 2’ which means the current coloured traffic lights on the side of the track will no longer be required, with a computer in the driver's cab providing the authority to go, while taking other trains on the railway into account, maximising speed and braking efficiency.

Works will also include Automatic Train Protection, replacement of line-side signals with in-cab displays, a new digital wireless communication network and a new traffic management system with automated route setting.

Management of the delivery of the ETCS system was moved in mid-2018 from Queensland Rail to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA) to ensure the integration of the project into Cross River Rail.

Delivery has been separated into three components: The Inner City, Cross River Rail and Through Life Support.

Expressions of Interest for the ETCS were originally advertised in June 2016. Two consortia have been shortlisted, with evaluation of final offers to deliver the three components underway.

In April 2019 the Queensland Government announced Hitachi Rail STS as the preferred bidder. Contractual close is expected by mid-2019 with construction to commence in late-2019.

The ETCS project is due for completion in 2023.

The 2018-19 Queensland Transport Infrastructure Programme (QTRIP) states the Government has allocated $500 million of the $634 million total cost out to FY2021-22, with the remaining funding allocation to be made after this time.

Building Queensland found the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of the project to be 2.9 in their 2016 Cost Benefit Analysis Summary.



Last reviewed: 05/04/2019

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