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May 2, 2016

CPB Contractors and CIMIC Group chosen for Stage 2 of Gold Coast light-rail project

The GoldLinQ consortium has selected CIMIC Group and CPB Contractors to design and build Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light-rail project in Queensland, Australia.

The GoldLinQ consortium has selected CIMIC Group and CPB Contractors to design and build Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light-rail project in Queensland, Australia.

The new order was part of a contract signed in 2011 between the Queensland Government and GoldlinQ consortium.

The contract is expected to generate revenue of around A$200m ($152m) for CPB Contractors, with construction scheduled to commence this month and be completed late next year.

The GoldLinQ consortium includes Bombardier, Keolis, Downer Rail, McConnell Dowell and the Plenary Group.

"The contract is expected to generate revenue of around A$200m ($152m) for CPB Contractors, with construction scheduled to commence this month."

CIMIC Group executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: "The Queensland Government’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art public transport has provided us with the opportunity to design and construct this significant light-rail infrastructure.

"Our capability and major project experience in the rail sector provides the certainty of delivery necessary for the expansion of the transport network in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia."

Under the deal, CPB Contractors will deliver a 7.3km northern extension of the Gold Coast light-rail to connect Stage 1 with the main Brisbane-to-Gold-Coast rail line. The expension will stretch from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale.

CPB Contractors’ managing director Román Garrido said: "We continue to work with GoldLinQ to achieve innovative design and cost-effective construction solutions for this project, to the benefit of the people of Queensland.

"In addition, our team will engage with local workers and businesses to develop increased job opportunities as the project progresses."

Stage 2 of the project is designed to meet increasing demand for public transport and support the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In November last year, Bombardier won a A$25m ($18m) order to deliver four additional Flexity 2 light rail vehicles (LRVs) to the Gold Coast Light Rail system (GCLR).

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