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Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 contracts awarded, Australia [free access]

December 20, 2018

The state government of New South Wales (NSW) has awarded contracts worth AUD1.38 billion for the construction and operation of Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail. The joint-venture (JV) of Australia-based Downer and CPB Contractors has secured an AUD840-million contract to construct Stage 1 and is scheduled to begin construction in 2019.


The Great River City Light Rail consortium comprising Transdev Australasia and CAF Rail Australia (CAF) has secured an AUD536-million contract to supply rolling stock as well as provide operations and maintenance (O&M). CAF will supply 13 seven-car light rail vehicles (LRVs) and railway systems; design and construct the stabling and maintenance facility; and provide above-ground fit-out of 16 light rail stops. It will subcontract works to UK-based Laing O’Rourke. Transdev Australasia will test, commission, operate and maintain the services, assets and infrastructure for a period of eight years. The O&M contract can be extended to 10 years.


Stage 1 spans 12 km from Westmead to Carlingford via the central business district and Camellia, covering 16 stations. Passenger services are planned to begin in 2023. The Government of Australia has announced final budget of AUD2.4 billion for the project. 


(1 AUD [Australian Dollar] = 0.72 USD)