City Rail Link Ltd, the joint venture between Auckland Council & the Government that’s building the rail link under the central city, said yesterday the withdrawal of a preferred bidder from the tunnels & stations process would delay the release of tender documents by up to 3 months.
CRL chief executive Chris Meale said it was too early to tell if the delay would roll on into the current project completion date of early 2024.
He said the withdrawal was disappointing but wouldn’t prevent progress on the tender, and discussions had already started with another prospective bidder: “We are fortunate that the initial lineup of 8 bidders for the project was exceptional and it was a hard choice to determine the top 2.”
Mr Meale said one of them made its own commercial decision to withdraw this week: “While we are naturally disappointed, we are moving on.”
Link: City rail link
Attribution: Company release.