Three consortia bidding for the New South Wales Regional Rail PPP are working to two deadlines next month to lodge bids to supply new regional and intercity trains for the state.
Regional Futures, led by Downer EDI; a Bombardier-John Laing consortium; and Momentum Trains, led by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) were shortlisted for the tender in late November 2017.
Detailed information on the technology being proposed by each consortium is understood to now be due on 2 June, with binding financial offers in the RFP process due on 22 June.
A government spokesperson declined to comment.
The project will replace 60 XPT trains – some of which are more than 35 years old – that operate between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as from Sydney to the regional NSW centres of Dubbo, Grafton and Casino.
It will also replace 50 XPLORER and Endeavour (pictured) trains that ferry passengers to smaller towns in regional areas of NSW as well as between Sydney and Canberra.
The government expects to award a contract in 2019 prior to the state election due in March. The first trains are expected to be running in the early 2020s.
The project winner will also build a new train maintenance facility at Dubbo, about 400km north-west of Sydney.