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Project Delivery Panel
of construction when the facility is opened. The state
will be acquiring its own tolling system, and it will
maintain the traf c and the revenue risk.
BL: Paul, do you want to draw out some of the
things about the WestConnex program, and the points
of difference that are going on between Melbourne
Paul Goldsmith: We put together a business
case for government earlier this year, and we have
had funding commitments from the Commonwealth
Government ($1.5 billion) and the state government
($1.8 billion) for stage one of WestConnex.
The whole of WestConnex is a 33-kilometre
program of works, which is due to be delivered over
10 years, and it has a total value of about $11.5 billion.
Stage one consists of two packages. The M4
widening is being fast-tracked, so we are letting that
as a design and construct (D&C) contract. We have
already submitted a planning application, and have
started some industry engagement.
We are looking to develop a procurement plan by
the end of the year to get that going. [Ed: Expressions
of Interest were issued in late November.]
The rest of WestConnex, it's important to realise, is
based on a reference design. What that means is that
we have a de ned scope with a capital cost. We've
de ned a timetable, some tolling principles, and a
funding and nancing strategy that makes the project
viable; but we're open to developing procurement
strategies for the rest of WestConnex over a period
BL: Rodd, do you want to run us through your
project and where it has come from?
Rodd Staples: The North West Rail Link is
all about delivering a fundamentally different rail
service into Sydney's rail network to bring about a
step change in the type and quality of the services
offered across metropolitan Sydney. The focus for
now is in north-west Sydney, where we are delivering
a 38-kilometre railway with 13 stations, running
from Rouse Hill through the employment areas of
Norwest and Macquarie Park and into Chatswood,
and connecting into the rest of the rail network.
This will be a fully automated rail system, so that's
something new for Australia. It will have platform
screen doors, single deck trains -- something Sydney
doesn't have at the moment -- and levels of service
and reliability that we are not accustomed to here in
Sydney, or in Australia.
The project will ultimately drive major economic
bene ts for the north-west of Sydney. We've got
a commitment to deliver that by the end of 2019.
We've been working very hard over the last two and
a half years to scope that project and get it underway.
BL: And the contract types you're using?
RS: The total capital value is $8.3 billion. The
land acquisition is done, the planning approvals are
largely done, and we've got three major contracts to
deliver. The rst is a 15-kilometre tunnel under a D&C
contract. We've also got a smaller surface project, a
viaduct and some surface civil engineering at the
western end, and that should be awarded by the end
of this year. The big part of the project is a PPP. It will
pick up and convert the existing 14-kilometre rail line
between Epping and Chatswood, and it will basically
create a new automated rail system, t out the
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