Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) in Australia has selected engineering company Downer EDI to operate as managing contractor for the Newcastle light rail project in New South Wales (NSW).
Under the deal, Downer EDI will collaborate with TfNSW to design, develop and commission a light rail track, six light rail stops, a stabling and maintenance facility, road contruction, and related precinct works.
The 2.7km light rail track will operate between the new Wickham transport interchange and Pacific Park in NSW.
Slated to begin this month, the Newcastle rail project will be completed in 2019.
Downer EDI chief executive officer Grant Fenn said: “Downer has a long and proud history in Newcastle with our current operations based at sites including Cardiff, Kooragang Island, Port Waratah, Hexham, Teralba and Mt Thorley.
“We provide customers in the Hunter region with a diverse range of services across sectors including road, rail, mining, utilities, technology and communications and engineering, construction and maintenance.
“Downer works closely with Transport for NSW and we look forward to helping them deliver this signature project for Newcastle and to contribute to the revitalisation of the state’s second largest city.”
A major part of the Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Programme, the project will help the NSW Government to boost the city's economy.
The programme will not only improve connections between the city and the waterfront, but will also generate new employment opportunities, provide additional public space and amenities, and improve the city's transport infrastructure.
Image: New 2.7km light rail track will run from new Wickham transport interchange to Pacific Park. Photo: courtesy of Downer.