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Canberra LRT opens, Australia [free access]

April 22, 2019

The first light rail transit (LRT) system has started operations in Canberra. The line spans 12 km, covers 13 stops and connects Gungahlin with Canberra city centre. The project has been delivered on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis by the Canberra Metro consortium under a contract secured in 2016. The concession period is for 23 years. The consortium comprises Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, UGL, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly Deutsche Bahn International), CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd (MUFG). CPB Contractors and John Holland have been responsible for the design and construction of the line. The on-going operations and maintenance of the network will be provided by UGL and John Holland in partnership with DB Engineering & Consulting. CAF has supplied and will maintain the light rail vehicles (LRVs). Pacific Partnerships, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation and Aberdeen Standard Investments have provided equity funding for the project. Service frequency is 6 minutes in peak hours and 10-15 minutes in off-peak hours. The end-to-end journey time is 24 minutes.