Mott MacDonald wins Norwegian light rail contract

22 April 2012 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2012 18:30)

UK-based engineering firm Mott MacDonald has won a contract from Bybanen Utybgging, a subsidiary company of Hordaland County Council in Norway, to design the €220m, third phase of the Bergen Light Rail Transport System.

UK-based engineering firm Mott MacDonald has won a contract from Bybanen Utybgging, a subsidiary company of Hordaland County Council in Norway, to design the €220m, third phase of the Bergen Light Rail Transport System.

Mott MacDonald will carry out detailed design and prepare procurement documentation for Bergen light rail Line 1.

Phase three involves extending the double track 7.2km west from Rådal-Lagunen station to Flesland Airport, covering 2.8km of tunnels and 1km of bridges.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2015.

Mott MacDonald project director Conor O'Donovan said: "The project is an important step in providing a sustainable solution to the city's traffic congestion, reduce dependency on cars and increase the use of public transport."

Under the project, the company will also be responsible for all civil systems, environmental design, architecture, landscaping, noise and vibration, traction power substations and ancillary buildings.

Bergen light rail, which is part of the Bergen programme for transportation, urban development and the environment, intends to coordinate and prioritise public transport, environmental issues, road construction, as well as pedestrian and cycle paths over a 20-year period.

Construction of the line started in 2005, including a 10km track between Bybarken in the centre of Bergen and Nesttun terminal, which opened in June 2010.

In 2010, work began on the 4km second phase, which links Nesttun terminal and Rådal at the Lagunen shopping centre, and is expected to be completed by summer 2013.