Jul 11, 2012

Simpler procurement and better practice for Moreton Bay Rail

Simpler procurement on the Moreton Bay Rail Link will see improved outcomes for the local community while delivering vital infrastructure for the Moreton Bay region.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Queensland Government will bring the delivery of the project under a single entity, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads as the Principal for the contract.

“I met with Minister Anthony Albanese this morning and confirmed the Queensland Government is committed to this project to be delivered in partnership with the Federal Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council,” Mr Emerson said.

“Previously, the delivery of the project was split between Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail.

“By bringing the project under one agency I am looking for better more innovation and savings for the funding partners and the people of Queensland.

“An industry briefing will be held soon to give members of the construction industry a chance to find out more about delivery of the project.

“A Request for Proposal will also be released in the near future to shortlist proponents to submit tenders for the delivery of the project,” he said.

The rail component is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said that work will soon start on the next road component of the Moreton Bay Rail Link.

“Works will start on the road-over-rail bridge at Kinsellas Road East in a matter of weeks, with work expected to be completed by mid 2013,” said Mr Albanese.

“This region is growing fast and is currently forced to be largely car-dependent, so it is important that we build sustainable transport options now before traffic becomes untenable.

“The Moreton Bay Rail Link is a prime example of all three levels of government coming together to develop the infrastructure required for a region’s long term development.”.

The $1.147 billion project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($742 million), Queensland Government ($300 million plus land) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million).