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Underground bus station one step closer

The second major stage of the Perth City Link Project is a step closer with the short-listing of the final proponents for the job of sinking the Wellington Street Bus Station.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said today the work would be undertaken through an alliance contract with the Public Transport Authority (PTA), similar to the PCL Rail Alliance, which was sinking the rail lines west of the Horseshoe Bridge.

“The PTA’s partner for the Wellington Street Bus Station project will be selected from either City Busport Alliance (Brookfield Multiplex and BG&E) or Translink Alliance (John Holland and Aurecon),” Mr Buswell said.

The Minister said the procurement process for the bus project began earlier this year.  The plan was for a seamless transition from the rail part of the project to the bus station work.

“Works to sink the Fremantle rail lines into a tunnel have been progressing well.  The State Government is hoping for completion ahead of the mid-2014 scheduled date,” he said.

“With this in mind, the PTA put the bus project out to tender in January and we are now down to the two final proponents.”

Later this year, the two groups will provide the PTA with detailed proposals.

“Sinking the bus station is an essential part of delivering the full Perth City Link vision - transforming our capital city by restoring a direct connection between the CBD and Northbridge,” Mr Buswell said.

“This next assessment stage is crucial to define the project scope and competitively assess the two proponents.  The bus project contract will be awarded in October this year.”

Fact File

  • Estimated total cost to complete rail works and sink the bus station is $609million
  • City of Perth contributed $38million toward both projects
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