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Background informationProject Created: March 7, 2011

Project Name: New MetroRail (NMR) Project
Year in Operation: 2008
Sector: Transportation
Subsector: Transportation Terminal, Rail
Status: In Operation
Type: New Facility
Description: The NMR Project was the largest public transport expansion project undertaken by the Government in Western Australia. The project value was AUD $1.725 billion and consisted of the following: 1) 93 electric railcars and construction of new maintenance and railcar stowage depot, 2) 4.5 km extension of the existing double track narrow gauge passenger railway from the current northern limit at Currambine to new end of line station at Clarkson, 3) 4 km extension of the existing south eastern Armadale Line to a new end of line station at Thornlie, 4) 70 km new electrified passenger railway to Mandurah including new railcar stowage depot at Mandurah. Consisted of two underground stations in the Perth CBD and 8 new stations between Canning Bridge and Mandurah.
Delivery Method as described in the country where it's located: Design Bid Build
Is the project still active: Yes
Comments: Note: Part of the project infrastructure was traditional design undertaken fully by the Authority and hence the construction contractor was engaged after the design process. Part of the project was ‘Design and Construct’ and included a preliminary design at tender stage that was subsequently completed to final design by the Contractor’s design team. The 15-year O&M was an add-on contract to the design and build contract

Project Locations

Address: 333 Pinjarra Rd
City: Mandurah
State: Western Australia
Country: Australia, Commonwealth of

Souces of Project Support (Non-monetary)

Checkbox Checked Land: All of the land required for the railway was identified during the master planning stage. In Western Australia, land required for a Public Work (such as a railway built and operated under the appropriate legislation) is assembled for the project agency by the Land Management Branch of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). For the NMR Project, the land for the railway consisted of a number of differing classifications. The land consisted of: 1) Crown Reserves, 2) Road Reserves, 3) Land owned and controlled by Local Authorities, 4) Parks and Recreation Reserves, 5) Land owned in title by the Public Transport Authority or other Government Agencies, and 6) Private Land. The privately owned land was acquired generally through a negotiated acquisition process, but where there was no agreement between the owner and the WAPC on valuation, there is a mechanism for compulsory resumption (with a valuation process) where the land is required for a Public Work, through the Public Works Act 1902.
Checkbox Checked Environmental Clearance: The Project required clearance of conditions that were issued as part of the Development Application (DA) process required by law in Western Australia. Key DA conditions included a number related to environmental approvals. Approvals were required also to be obtained from statutory agencies responsible for aspects of the management of the environment, including the Department of Environment and Conservation, Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Water, Swan River Trust.

Souces of Project Support (Monetary)

Checkbox Checked

From Public (Government) Sources to Producers: The State of Western Australia was the public sponsor for the project

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Credit Enhancements: The State Government acquired a loan to pay for the project. However, in 2006, the State was able to pay off the majority of the loan through a $1.275 Billion State budget Surplus saving up $1.3 billion in dead interest repayments over the life of the old loan.

Project Delivery & Finance Method

Project Delivery:
All Public Finance. Public Sponsor contracts for initial design, and separately contracts for initial construction. Public Owner operates and maintains the resulting facility.
Construction Manager At Risk Variants: Public Sponsor contracts with Construction Contractor after Design is Complete.

Procurement Approach

Project Component
Based Selection
Request for
Request for
for Bids

Term for Key Components & Forms of Contract

Project Component
Initial Design and Construction
Contracts used were standard and modified general conditions of contract used in the PTA based on Australian Standards AS 4000 and AS 4902. 

Project Value (If and As Known)

Date of Estimated Project Value: April 13, 2011
Project Value
Hard Cost
Hard & Soft Costs
$500 Million - 2 Billion US
$500 Million - 2 Billion US


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