The program has been able to attract four strong bid teams to tender for the two main works contract packages despite the strong construction market. Both Transport for NSW and industry have demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and collaboration in pre-tender engagement and through the interactive tendering process.
This case study demonstrates More Trains, More Services (MTMS) Stage 2 commitment to procure and manage projects in a more collaborative way and adopt partnership-based approaches to risk allocation in line with Point 1 and 2 of the 10 Point Plan respectively.
The MTMS Stage 2 Incentivised Delivery Entity will deliver infrastructure in support of service improvements on the heavy rail network along the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South Coast lines.
MTMS Stage 2, has committed to increase the level of collaboration between Incentivised Delivery Entities, support innovative and more collaborative procurement and the sharing of risks as part of Point 1 and 2 of the 10 Point Plan. To ensure the success of these commitments MTMS will focus on these key factors:
The alliance contracting approach for MTMS is focused on being integrated and collaborative. Decisions that are made are best-for-project, where all project risks and outcomes are shared collectively. In order to achieve this approach, MTMS committed to:
Early industry engagement included industry briefings, requests for written submissions and targeted interviews with selected companies. Additionally, the Joint Coordination Team was developed, consisting of TfNSW, both Incentivised Delivery Entities and Sydney Trains, to manage challenges by working together. This approach and the implementation of risk allocation workshops, means entities will be able to achieve outcomes that are superior to those that could be achieved working in isolation.
The Joint Coordination Team will work together to overcome challenges, find solutions, manage critical resource sharing and development, social procurement, possession management and innovation.
The initiatives have been embedded in the project to provide streamlined procurement, support bid cost reimbursement and adopted a long-term collaborative contract approach to minimise contractor costs and maximise the opportunity for success as the project progresses.
Point 1: Procure and manage projects in a more collaborative way
Point 2: Adopt partnership-based approaches to risk allocation