John Holland wants taxpayers to cop the risk of a blowout on North East Link

The building behemoth is refusing to take on other risks associated with industrial issues, legal changes and the protection and relocation of power and water supplies.

John Holland has hardened its position on the project’s risk as it wages a separate campaign to dump a $2.5 billion contract with the government to build the West Gate Tunnel, as the two parties argue over responsibility for cleaning up the project’s toxic soil.

The builder adopted an aggressive negotiation strategy on the Metro Tunnel, dramatically halting tunnelling on the project in a dispute over an overrun of up to $3 billion.

Submitting a non-compliant bid for the North East Link could rule out the ViaNova consortium – comprising John Holland, Acciona Construction, Lendlease Services, Plenary Group and Acciona Concesiones – from the project.

But that would leave the government with only one remaining consortium making a bid, Spark Consortium, as a third consortium led by CPB Contractors withdrew from the project after its demands that the government take on more risk were rejected.

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