CPB Contractors, UGL finalise £497m Cross River Rail RIS contract in Australia


CPB Contractors and UGL, subsidiaries of Australian construction and engineering services company CIMIC Group, along with Unity Alliance partners, have finalised a contract with the Queensland government to deliver the rail, integration and systems (RIS) package of the Cross River Rail project.

The RIS package will fetch revenue of approximately A$900m (£497m) to the CIMIC Group.

The RIS Alliance contract follows the contractual close for the tunnel, stations and development PPP package of the project, which will be delivered by CIMIC Group companies Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors and UGL, as part of the Pulse consortium.

The PPP package is expected to generate revenue of approximately $2.73bn (£1.5bn) to the CIMIC Group.

CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright said: “CIMIC Group continues to provide essential infrastructure for the cities and local communities in which we live, providing important new services and helping to drive economic development.

“We’re proud to be playing a leading role in two key packages of Queensland’s largest public transport project.”

EIC Activities, CIMIC Group’s engineering and technical services business, supported CPB Contractors and UGL in planning and digital engineering.

CPB Contractors managing director Juan Santamaria said: “The Cross River Rail project reinforces CPB Contractors’ leading position in the delivery of rail and tunnel infrastructure, complementing our work on major projects in NSW and Victoria.

“We look forward to working closely with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and Queensland Rail to deliver the RIS package safely and efficiently.”

The RIS package will deliver the design, supply and installation of the rail systems and brownfield works to integrate Cross River Rail into the wider Queensland Rail train network.

The package includes an upgrade of the Exhibition Station, improvements to Mayne Yard and rail operational systems, as well as signalling and telecommunications work across the Cross River Rail Project.

UGL managing director Jason Spears said: “UGL is Australia’s leading provider of mechanical, electrical and rail services. We look forward to delivering a fully integrated solution alongside our Alliance partners which will provide benefits across Brisbane and South-East Queensland.”

Early works have begun and major construction on the Cross River Rail project is due to be completed in 2024.

Members of the Unity Alliance include CPB Contractors, UGL, Aecom and Jacobs.


Image: CPB Contractors, UGL finalise £497m Cross River Rail RIS contract. Courtesy of CPB Contractors.

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