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First major Parramatta contracts placed

The AUD840m (EUR516m) contract to build the first 12km (7.5-mile) stage of the light rail line between Westmead and Carlingford has been awarded to a joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors by Australia’s NSW Government.

After feedback from the local community, construction works on Church Street (known locally as Eat Street due to the large number of restaurants) for the AUD2.4bn (EUR1.48bn) project will not begin until 2020, with a suspension each summer from the beginning of November until the end of January. The contract includes requirements to avoid work in the evenings and at other busy times, commitments to local employment and penalties if works are significantly delayed.

At the same time, a AUD536m (EUR329.5m) contract was signed with the Great River City Light Rail consortium of Transdev and CAF. CAF will supply 13 seven-section Urbos LRVs with off-wire capability for 4km (2.5 miles) of the route between Westmead and Cumberland Hospital and between Prince Alfred Square and Tramway Avenue as well as traction substations, signalling, communications, 16 tramstops and the depot and control centre. The latter will be built by
sub-contractor Laing O’Rourke.

Transdev will be responsible for testing, commissioning, operations and maintenance for eight years from construction completion; there is an option for an extension for up to ten years. Service is planned to start in 2023 with 7.5-minute peak headways.