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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Netflow, a Cintra and Plenary joint venture, today welcomed its appointment as preferred respondent for the Western Roads Upgrade project, an availability-style public-private partnership that is the first of its kind for Australia.

The $1.8 billion project is the largest single investment in arterial roads in Australia to date and includes eight high-priority road upgrades, almost 30 kilometres of duplicated lanes and more than 700-lane-kilometres of road rehabilitation and maintenance for 20 years across Melbourne’s west.

Netflow Managing Director Phil Dreaver welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement, marking Netflow’s first major project since its inception less than 12 months ago.

“It demonstrates Netflow can offer governments an innovative and best-practice approach that harnesses our extensive global roads and asset management experience,” Mr Dreaver said.

“We look forward to partnering with the Victorian Government and VicRoads to deliver a project that will transform Melbourne’s western suburbs.”

The Netflow consortium combines a multi-tiered team of Australian and international road construction and maintenance experts:

  • Netflow, a Cintra and Plenary joint venture, as project sponsor
  • WBHO Infrastructure as design and construction lead
  • local contractors ACE Contractors Group, Civilex, Fortunato Group, Negri Contractors and Winslow Group; and
  • Ferrovial Services companies as services contractor.

Netflow now enters a period of exclusive negotiations with the Victorian Government to verify project details and achieve financial close.