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December 17, 2014

Sydney’s $2.1bn light rail contract awarded to ALTRAC Light Rail

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Transport has awarded the $2.1bn CBD and South East Light Rail line to the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, formerly named as Connecting Sydney.

By Samseer M

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Transport has awarded the $2.1bn CBD and South East Light Rail line to the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, formerly named as Connecting Sydney.

The total cost of the 12km-long route with 20 light rail stops was previously estimated at $1.6bn.

The consortium will be responsible for the design, construction, services relocations, operation and maintenance of the project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the Inner West Light Rail network.

"This project will provide a significant improvement in public transport in Sydney, as well as create more than 10,000 jobs for our economy."

Construction works under this project is expected to be completed in 2018 with services scheduled to start in early 2019.

NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said: "This project will provide a significant improvement in public transport in Sydney, as well as create more than 10,000 jobs for our economy.

"Customers will have brand new, clean, modern, reliable and efficient services from Circular Quay, through the CBD, to major event venues at Moore Park and on to the south-east’s major residential areas and educational and medical facilities."

This light rail will connect Circular Quay and Central, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

It is expected to deliver transport for up to 13,500 Sydney residents an hour in each direction, while reducing traffic congestion on the roads with the removal of 220 buses on the city’s streets.

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium includes Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital.

The government recently announced several improvements for this project, in order to provide better services with enhanced capacity, improved traffic flow at key intersections and less overhead wires.

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