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Consortium selected for Suburban Rail Loop project

The Victorian Government has selected the Suburban Connect consortium – comprising CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors, Acciona, and Ghella – as the preferred bidder to deliver the first major tunnelling package on the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East project.

The package of works will include the construction of a 16-kilometre section of the project’s 26-kilometre twin tunnels, including tunnelling between Cheltenham and Glen Waverley, two new underground station boxes and construction works at the Southern Stabling Yard.

CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria said: “CPB Contractors is an industry leader in the delivery of complex construction and brings decades of experience to this first major package of Suburban Rail Loop, providing critical transport connections for the city. We are pleased to be selected by the Victorian Government to construct this valuable piece of infrastructure, improving the lives of people across east and south-east Melbourne.”

Acciona’s Chief Executive Officer Australia & New Zealand Bede Noonan said: “Our business has been successfully developing, delivering, constructing, and maintaining major complex projects for over 100 years in Australia. We are proud to be playing our part, alongside CPB Contractors and Ghella, to continue to enhance the lives of the people of Melbourne through sustainable infrastructure solutions.”

Ghella’s Australian Managing Director Marco Fontana said the selection marked a milestone for the company, with the project to be Ghella’s first in Victoria.

“We’re thrilled to be working with our long-term partners, CPB and Acciona, on this city-shaping project that will greatly benefit the residents of Melbourne,” he said.

Minister for Suburban Rail Loop Jacinta Allan said: “SRL will not only transform our public transport network, it’ll reshape how Melbourne grows in the decades ahead – taking thousands of cars off roads, delivering 24,000 jobs across the life of the project and boosting hundreds of small local businesses.”

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year, with major tunnelling works expected to commence in 2026.

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