Transdev team wins €330m Parramatta Light Rail contract in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jan 2019 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Great River City Light Rail, a consortium led by Transdev, has won a €330m (A$536m) Supply, Operate and Maintain contract for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail Project in Sydney, Australia.

Under the contract, the Great River City Light Rail consortium will supply light rail vehicles and systems, construct the stabling and maintenance facility, take up above-ground fit-out of the stations, and provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services.

Consortium member CAF Rail Australia will supply 13 URBOS 100 seven-module vehicles and system. Construction works will be subcontracted to Laing O’Rourke.

Parramatta Light Rail is one of the major infrastructure projects being delivered by the NSW Government to serve a growing Sydney.

Light rail is expected to create new communities, connect places and help locals and visitors move around and explore the region.

Stage 1 of the project will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta central business district (CBD) and Camellia with a 12km, two-way track, which is expected to open in 2023.

The route will link Parramatta’s CBD and train station to the Westmead Precinct; Parramatta North Growth Centre; Western Sydney Stadium; Camellia Town Centre; New Powerhouse Museum and Riverside Theatres; private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea; Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; and three Western Sydney University campuses.

A 9km preferred route for Stage 2, announced in October 2017, will connect Stage 1 and the Parramatta CBD to Ermington, Melrose Park, Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park.

Transdev international executive vice president Laurence Broseta said: “It’s a great honor for the Transdev-led Great River City Light Rail consortium to have been chosen to supply, operate and maintain the Parramatta Light Rail.

“As the current operator of the Inner West Light Rail, and operator of the upcoming CBD & South East line, still under construction, Transdev will be operating all Sydney-region light rail networks.

“It also consolidates our near 20-year trusted partnership with the New South Wales Government and affirms our multi-modal positioning in delivering light rail, ferry, bus, coach and on-demand transport services for over 48 million customers in Sydney.”

Transdev chairman and CEO Thierry Mallet said: “After securing contracts for bus and ferries in Stockholm (Sweden), TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit and urban cable cars in Bogota (Colombia) and the Hannover (Germany) regional train network, this new success in Australia concludes a very successful commercial year for Transdev on its international markets.

“I would like to congratulate the Transdev international and Australian teams and I am delighted with the renewed sales performance of the Group.”

Transdev Australasia, Transdev Group’s Australian subsidiary, will be responsible for the testing, commissioning and ongoing O&M for a term of eight years after the completion of construction.

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Image: A rendering of Parramatta Light Rail Lennox Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Transdev.

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