Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have awarded a C$4.6bn ($3.5bn) contract to Mobilinx consortium to build the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Ontario, Canada.

Hurontario General Partnership will be responsible for the design, build, financing, operation and maintenance of the rail project for a period of 30 years.

The Hurontario LRT project will run through and connect Mississauga and Brampton.

The 18km rail line will comprise 19 stops, with connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines.

The contract value includes payments that may incur during the construction period, a substantial completion payment and monthly service payments during the maintenance period.

The Mobilinx consortium includes John Laing, Astaldi, Hitachi, Transdev, Amico Concessions and Salini Impregilo as applicant leads.

Astaldi Canada Design & Construction, Hitachi Rail STS Canada, Amico Infrastructures, Bot Infrastructure and Salini Impregilo Civil Works will be responsible for the construction of the LRT.

The design aspect of the LRT will be handled by IBI Group Professional Services, Hitachi Rail STS, Morrison Hershfield, Arcadis Canada, Daoust Lestage and Exp Services.

Transdev, Hitachi Rail, Astaldi and Salini Impregilo will provide operation, maintenance and rehabilitation services for the LRT.

National Bank and HSBC will assume the role of financial advisers.

Mobilinx stated that around 800 jobs will be created during the peak construction period. The design work will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by 2024.

The Hurontario LRT is being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3) contract. Mobilinx will operate and maintain the rail, while Metrolinx will publicly own the LRT.

In August, IO and Metrolinx named Mobilinx as the preferred proponent to build the Hurontario LRT.