Australia-based Downer Group in an equal stake joint venture with CPB Contractors has been selected by the New South Wales Government to build Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project.
The design and construct infrastructure works contract will generate A$420m ($298m) revenue to the Downer Group.
Downer Group CEO Grant Fenn said that the group is a leading provider of light rail services in Australia.
He said: “We are the Managing Contractor for the Newcastle Light Rail project and, through our Keolis Downer joint venture, we operate and maintain Yarra Trams in Melbourne and G:link on the Gold Coast.
“We look forward to delivering this major project which will see the growing region of Parramatta become better connected through the improved accessibility that light rail brings.”
Fenn said that Downer has delivered multi-disciplined light rail, rail, roads and infrastructure services to its customers in the transport sector in Australia and New Zealand.
He said: “Our population will continue to grow and our cities, including Parramatta, will become increasingly urbanized.
“Downer will continue to work closely with our customers, including the NSW Government, to deliver safe and reliable services that meet the future needs of our communities.”
Construction on Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will commence in 2019.
It will connect the Parramatta central business district (CBD) to the Westmead Precinct, new Bankwest Stadium, the new Powerhouse Museum and cultural precinct on the Parramatta River, the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and three Western Sydney University campuses at Westmead, Parramatta and Rydalmere.
The Parramatta Light Rail will also traverse the Parramatta North Growth Centre, the Camellia Town Centre and the private and social housing redevelopment at Telopea.
It is expected to begin passenger services in 2023.
Image: Rendering of Parramatta Light Rail. Photo: Courtesy of Downer Group.