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Contractors shortlisted for Dublin metro

A shortlist of international consortia has been drawn up to design, build and operate the proposed 18km Metro from Dublin city centre to the airport.
Metro North will run underground from St Stephen's Green to north of Ballymun before continuing above ground to south of Dublin Airport. Trains will then dive underground beneath Dublin Airport before continuing above ground via Swords to Lissenhall.

The route will include nine underground stations including one at Dublin City University and another at the airport. A further six overground stations are planned.

Bidding consortia include: Cathro, comprising Strabag, Siemens, asset management company BAM, Fluor; Metro Express - an Irish consortium comprising of Macquarie Bank, Ireland’s AIB, FCC, Caja Madrid, and Bombardier; Dublin Express Link – HSBC Infrastructure Fund Management, Meridiam Infrastructure Finance, Acciona, Bouygues Siac, Alstom, Spie Rail; Celtic Metro Group - Barclays Private Equity, OHL, Soares da Costa and Mitsui.

While the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) has been circumspect when it comes to putting a figure on the cost of the project, well-placed commentators are putting the cost at around €5bn (£3.1bn) but this figure may yet prove a conservative estimate on a project that is already running behind schedule.

The shortlisted bidders now have until 2 November to form qualified bidding groups consisting of an infrastructure provider, a rolling stock provider and an operator. It is anticipated that tender documentation will be issued to the qualified bidding groups early in 2008.

The pre-application consultation process with an An Bord Pleanala (the Irish planning authority) has commenced and the public consultation process is ongoing.

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