Coe Questions Light Rail Tender Process

The Capital Metro light rail agency has awarded more than $600,000 to a consulting company without testing the market according to freedom of information documents, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“In addition to the poor process in awarding the contract, the company which undertook ‘governance advice’ commenced work three months before a contract was in place,” Mr Coe said.

“It seems quite hypocritical that a firm engaged for ‘governance advice’ would be engaged without fair tendering and proper processes in place.

“For consultants to be sitting-in on light rail board meetings without contracts in place shows the disrespect and over-confidence the government has for this project.

“The government’s decisions regarding the choice of rail over buses, the route and now the awarding of contracts have been sub-standard.

“If this is how the light rail project is going to start, imagine how it is going to finish?” Mr Coe concluded.