KiwiRail Seek Potential Suppliers for New Auckland Trains
The Auckland's rail system is moving ahead with its process of electrification of trains, as told by Steven Joyce, the Transport Minister. He further added that the move is a remarkable one in the development of rail system, after laying double tracks.
As reported, a sum of $1.6 billion has been invested by the Crown to electrify the metro rail system. From these funds, $600 million has been allocated to project DART, $500 million for the infrastructure, which is required to aid electrification and $500 million for purchasing electric trains.
Recently, KiwiRail has declared that they are short listing four more suppliers to carry on the task of Auckland's 38 new electric trains. It has started receiving the bids for the same and seeks potential bidders. The tender will be realized by the mid of next year and the electric trains will come into operation from 2013.
The short listed potential suppliers will be consulted with by the KiwiRail by the end of this month. The full RFP document will be given to the selected bidders at the end of the August.
The electric trains will provide a wide network to the people of Auckland. The rail system will now be able to meet future passenger demands.
Joyce told that the improved rail system will ease the transport.
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