Brisbane Metro procurement starts next month

Brisbane City Council will go to the market within weeks to commence the purchase of 60 Metro vehicles and tender for the construction of significant infrastructure including the new underground Brisbane Metro station at the Cultural Centre precinct.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the significant contracting plan of works, expected to be approved by Council on Friday, would be released to the market globally from next month to call for world class companies to register their interest to build the inner city infrastructure of underground tunnels and stations and deliver the new Metro fleet.

“The Brisbane Metro is now fully funded and we are getting on with the job to engage with global industries to deliver this world class project,” he said.

“With two metro lines operating every three minutes in peak periods, Brisbane Metro will deliver a network of turn-up-and-go services linking the suburbs to hospitals, universities and the inner city, as well as fixing major bottlenecks in the inner city that cause long delays for commuters.

“With the Federal Government recognising the importance of Brisbane Metro through their commitment of $300 million, we can get on with delivering the project, enabling Metro services to commence in 2023.”

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Council would begin formal engagement with the market and an industry briefing would be held next month to outline the manner in which Council will undertake procurement for the Metro vehicles and construction of significant infrastructure.

“The Brisbane Metro will revolutionise the way we travel, getting residents home up to 50 per cent faster on a high-frequency service, reducing bus congestion in inner-city streets and ensuring our city continues to thrive as a great place to live, work and relax,” he said.

“Council is now gearing up to start procurement for a fleet of up to 60 Metro vehicles that are able to carry up to 150 passengers, be up to 25 metres in length, able to operate on the existing busway, have Wi-Fi access, real-time travel updates and low floor design for quicker boarding and alighting.

“We will be releasing a detailed set of criteria to the market and expect to award the vehicle tender around the middle of next year with delivery of a pilot vehicle for testing expected in mid-2020.

“Expressions of interest to deliver the significant packages of works within the inner city, including a new state-of-the-art underground station at the Cultural Centre precinct will be issued next month with the tender expected to be awarded and works commencing by the end of next year.

“As part of the inner city works, a new tunnel beneath Adelaide Street to access the existing King George Square underground bus station also is planned to go out to tender, along with multiple early works projects including the potential relocation of bus stops and lifts at the Cultural Centre bus station, rail infrastructure, sewer, electrical, telecommunications and other services.”

Council expects Metro services to start operating in 2023, subject to State Government approvals.