RFP out for Canada’s flagship rail P3

Credit: VIA RAIL

The Government of Canada has released a request for proposals (RFP) on its High Frequency Rail (HFR) P3 project.

The RFP has been sent to three qualified teams, which were picked out of four entrants earlier this year. The consortia, which feature major names such as John Laing, AtkinsRéalis and Intercity Development Partners, will have until summer next year to prepare proposals.

Under the RFP, each team will have to present solutions on two ideas: one with an up to 200km high speed line connecting the entire route; and the other delivering a line with high speed sections along the route.

The project is set to be the largest infrastructure for generations in Canada, joining Quebec to Toronto with new dedicated passenger tracks. The authority has selected a progressive P3 model, which will see the winning team jointly scope the project alongside the VIA HFR agency, then deliver the project under a DBFOM package.

“The launch of the RFP for the High Frequency Rail project marks a significant milestone. In the future, more Canadians will choose to travel by rail, because the HFR will lead to faster train journeys, more frequent departures and greener travel,” said Pablo Rodriguez, minister of transport.

A winner is expected in late Fall 2024.