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Rail transport   A project that will change Perth

Minister announced $2 billion Australian rail scheme

Australian railAn unincorporated joint venture, comprising Salini Impregilo and NRW, has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Australian rail scheme.

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Transport Minister Dean Nalder said negotiations to finalise the contract by May 2016 would now begin between SI-NRW JV and the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Research shows more than 80% of the community feel positive about the project.

"We envisage the contractor will mobilise on site in the coming months. This is an incredibly exciting time for a project that will change the way the people of Perth, and in particular Perth's eastern foothills, travel to our city. Planning for this transformational project is well advanced."

Last year, State Parliament passed the Railway (Forrestfield-Airport Link) Bill 2015 and, at the Forrestfield station site, forward works for service relocations have been under way since December 2015.

"The State Government has a proud track record of investing in important transport infrastructure projects and I look forward to another eventful year on this landmark project."

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