Work on the proposed F3-M2 link is progressing with three consortia shortlisted and invited to tender for the eight kilometre project, Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay announced today.
The NSW Government received an unsolicited proposal from private motorway operator Transurban and the Westlink M7 shareholders last year to build a link along the Pennant Hills Road corridor.
“In June this year more than 30 infrastructure and construction experts attended an industry briefing with the NSW Government and Transurban on the proposal to build the F3-M2 link,” Mr Gay said.
“We are looking to industry for innovation to build a tunnel for the future,” he said.
“Transurban started an expression of interest process in July with interested bidders and has shortlisted three consortia who will be invited to tender for the design and construction of the project.”
The companies are:
- Thiess John Holland Joint Venture;
- Lend Lease Bouygues Joint Venture: and
- GlobaLink Joint Venture consisting of Ghella Pty Ltd and Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd.
“If approved the proposed link will be jointly funded by Transurban, Westlink M7 shareholders, the NSW Government and Federal Government. It will include tolls,” Mr Gay said.
“The project has a target price of $2.65 billion. “Initial investigations and studies have started for the environmental assessment of the proposed link with further work to continue until early 2014. “The NSW Government and Transurban hope to have a conditional preferred tenderer selected by early 2014,” Mr Gay said.
The F3-M2 link would provide a continuous motorway between Western and South Western Sydney and the Central Coast and Hunter.