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19C513 Provision of Heavy Rail Passenger Services for the Adelaide Metropolitan Rail Network
Issued By Department for Infrastructure and Transport
Expression of Interest
Tender State
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Passenger railway transportation




Expression of Interest (EOI) - Description

The South Australian Government (the State) has commenced a program of reform for public transport and has decided to extend the private sector contracting model that has been in place for bus services to rail: both heavy rail (Train) and light rail (Tram) operations.

Tram operations will be contracted as part of an integrated bus – tram tender with transition to the new contracts by mid-2020.

The State Government will today release an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the operation of Adelaide Metro train services, to deliver better and more customer focussed services.

The EOI process will close on 26 November after which time a shortlist of applicants will be invited to bid for the tender which will be released in the first quarter of next year.

It is expected that Adelaide Metro train services will transfer to the new operator in early 2021.

Proponents who are interested in participating in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the Provision of Heavy Rail Passenger Services for the Adelaide Metropolitan Passenger Rail Network must first download, complete and submit (via the instruction in the document(s)) the Information Pack for Proponents.

The Information Pack for Proponents document is available for download on the Tenders SA website and contains information and the following schedules that must be completed and returned to DPTI:

  • Schedule 1A - Essential Criteria
  • Schedule 1B - Non – Disclosure Deed
  • Schedule 1C - Data Room Rules and users access form

Bidders are to complete these documents and submit the completed forms via email to [email protected] no later than 5pm (ACDT) 5 November 2019 to enable registration at the Mandatory Industry Briefing.

Following submission and acceptance, DPTI may then invite Proponents to participate in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the supply of Heavy Rail Passenger Services for the Adelaide Metropolitan Public Transport Network.

 EOI Key Dates

Key dates and times (South Australian Time) for the EOI process involves the following:

Invitation Issue Date

30 October 2019

Mandatory Industry Briefing

2pm (ACDT), 7 November 2019

Last Queries Date 

4pm (ACDT), 18 November 2019

Closing Date and Time

2pm (ACDT), 26 November 2019

Participation Requirements

Organisation / Consortia must be an experienced Heavy Passenger Rail Operator and Rail Network Manager to participate in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

Industry Briefing

A briefing session will be held at Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Ground Floor, 77 Flinders Street, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 5000 at 2pm (ACDT) on 7 November 2019. 

To attend the Industry Briefing, parties must follow the process contained within the Information Pack for Proponents.

Proponents attending the Mandatory Industry Briefing will be required to sign in with security upon arrival. Proponents are advised that the sign in register will include the names and organisations of other attendees attending the session.


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