Improved outcomes from simpler procurement for the Moreton Bay Rail Link will come from managing the project by one agency instead of two.
The project delivery will be brought under a single entity with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the principal for the contract.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson said the delivery of the project was previously split between the Queensland Rail and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Mr Emerson said he is looking for more innovation and savings for the funding partners and the people of Queensland by bringing the project under one agency.
Jointly funded for $1.147 billion, the project has contributions from the Australian Government for $742 million; the Queensland Government for $300 million plus land and Moreton Bay Regional Council for $105 million.
Mr Emerson said an industry briefing will be held to give members of the construction industry a chance to find out more about the delivery of the project.
“A Request for Proposal will also be released in the near future to shortlist proponents to submit tenders for the delivery of the project,” Mr Emerson said.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the region is growing fact and is currently forced to be “largely car-dependent”.
“It is important that we build sustainable transport option now before traffic becomes untenable,” Mr Albanese said.
Work will soon start on the next road component of the Moreton Bay Rail Link, he said.
He said works will start on the road-over-rail bridge at Kinsellas Road East in a matter of weeks, with work expected to be completed by mid 2013.
“The Moreton Bay Rail Link is a prime example of all three levels of government coming together to develop the infrastructure required for a region’s long term development,” Mr Albanese said.
According to the Queensland Government, the rail component is scheduled for delivery in 2016.
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