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Light rail conducts search for specialists

Wanted: experts in metropolitan light rail systems for well-paid ACT government advisory panel.

Must meet strict tender requirements and have experience in urban transport, infrastructure and ticketing systems.

Applications close April 8, self-promoters need not apply.

So reads a tender notice issued by Canberra's Capital Metro Agency, calling for advisers for a new specialist services panel working on the city's new light rail roll-out over the next two years.

Tender papers issued through the government's procurement website invite interested parties to submit a maximum application of five pages, with limited ''promotional material and referenced documents'' strongly encouraged.

The panel will include experts in the areas of project management, cost estimating, light-rail operations, transport planning and economics and urban design.


Engineering specialists are also sought, with experience in power supply, safety, signalling, track design and passenger information systems.

Successful tenders must have been involved in similar light rail or engineering systems with a value of more than $100 million.

Tenderers applying with urban design experience will be required to show involvement in at least two consultancy engagements in planning, architecture and sustainability or previous engagement with the ACT Planning and Land Authority or the National Capital Authority.

Fees for the two-year appointment should be specified in hourly, daily and weekly rates, while approval for travel, accommodation and meal allowances are subject to approval by the Capital Metro Agency. Successful applicants are expected to be named this month, ahead of stage one construction from 2016.

The first stage of the Capital Metro project is planned to run from Civic up Northbourne Avenue and then along Flemington Road to Gungahlin.

''The service is proposed to run at or better than a 10-minute frequency during peak hours,'' the tender documents state. ''Three major stations would exist along the corridor at City, Dickson and Gungahlin, where significant modal interchange would occur.''

Last month, The Canberra Times reported the payroll bill for the project would soon hit $45,000 a week as a search for a new executive began.

The ACT government will fill another four positions, including the role of finance and economics director with an annual salary of $230,406.

Those appointments will take the agency's staffing to 17 people.


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