EWC bags $1.9bn Confederation rail line extension contract in Canada


East West Connectors (EWC) has been awarded a contract worth €1.7bn ($1.9bn) to extend the Confederation light rail line in Ottawa, Canada.

The East West Connectors is a joint venture of Kiewit with 60% stake and Vinci with 40% interest through its subsidiaries Eurovia, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Dodin Campenon Bernard.

Under the contract, EWC will design and build infrastructure required to extend the Confederation Line to the west and east, as part of the C$4.6bn ($3.4bn) second stage of the O-Train light-rail transit (LRT) system in the city.

The scope of work involves construction of 4km of cut-and cover tunnels, 20 engineering structures, 16 stations and a maintenance centre.

EWC will also be responsible for localised widening of 12km of motorway and to permit LRT system construction, as well as provide the associated systems such as the power supply, supervision and voice-data image system, signalling and train control system.

The Confederation Line Extension Project is being delivered as a design-build-finance (DBf) project.

The project involves addition of approximately 27km of new rail and 16 new stations to the O-Train network.

The Confederation Line will be extended farther east from Blair Station to Trim Station and farther west from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Moodie Station and Baseline Station.

In addition to Confederation line extension, the second stage of the O-Train project includes the extension of Trillium lines. It is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.

The second stage of the project will expand the O-Train system by 44km to the south, east and west, and add 24 new stations. The expansions are planned to be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Earlier, the Ottawa City Council has selected TransitNext to design, build, finance and maintain the Stage 2 Trillium Line South extension, which will add 16km of new rail and eight new stations.

It will extend the O-Train network farther south from Greenboro Station to Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.


Image: The Trillium Line crossing Rideau River in Ottawa, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Lezumbalaberenjena at English Wikipedia.

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