Ottawa and EllisDon sign deal to expand Belfast Yard LRV maintenance facility


The City of Ottawa in Canada has signed a C$106m ($84m) contract with construction company EllisDon, as part of the Rideau Transit Group Partnership (RTG), to expand the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF).

The contract was signed as a part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ratified on 24 March for part of Stage 2 of the Confederation Line Light Rail transit system. 

It includes the early work package, variation directives, preliminary work and site preparation works that began in April.

RTG is a consortium that consists of ACS Infrastructure Canada and SNC-Lavalin, in addition to EllisDon.

The consortium is currently working on Stage 1 of the Confederation Line in Ottawa and this contract represents the expansion of its scope into the second stage of the project.

The deal will see the OLRT Constructors Group comprising EllisDon, Dragados and SNC-Lavalin take responsibility for the design and construction of the Belfast Yard MSF.

"The deal will see the OLRT Constructors Group comprising EllisDon, Dragados and SNC-Lavalin take responsibility for the design and construction of the Belfast Yard MSF."

Works currently outlined for the expansion project include the construction of three new maintenance bays and a larger control room, as well as the replacement of the existing earth berm with a noise mitigating wall.

The train yard will also undergo a significant rearrangement under the initiative, which will affect utilities, tracks and systems.

The development is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. 

MSF will be capable of accommodating and maintaining 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) upon completion, which are set to operate on Stage 2 of Confederation Line.

The Confederation Line is an LRT system that is currently under construction, which is expected to provide a faster and sustainable transport alternative to commuters in Ottawa.

The line will run from Bus Rapid Transitway at Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Road in the east, as well as to the O-Train at Bayview Station.