ACCIONA will be responsible for the design, construction and integration of the civil works of the 12km Light Rail route, with 19 stops.
ACCIONA, a global provider of sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, with its partners in the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, has signed a contract with the government of New South Wales in Australia to build a 12km Light Rail route in Sydney, the country’s largest city.
The new Central Business District and South East Light Rail project has a budget of A$2.1 billion (€1.4 billion) and has been designed to be a vital part of Sydney’s public transport system and to reduce congestion.
The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, which includes ACCIONA, Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia and Capella Capital, has been contracted to design, build, operate and maintain and finance the new Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail. As part of the project, the consortium will also assume responsibility for the existing Inner West Light Rail line.
ACCIONA will be responsible for the design, construction and integration of the civil works including 12km of track, 19 stops, a bridge over the Eastern Distributor toll road, a tunnel under Moore Park, Control Centre facilities, housing for the light rail vehicles, a maintenance depot, and substations and other service buildings along the route. This complex project in the heart of Sydney will entail significant service relocations of power, telecommunications and gas infrastructure and deliver extensive urban regeneration, including the transformation of part of George Street in the Central Business District into a pedestrian boulevard.
Through ACCIONA Concesiones, the Group’s concessions’ subsidiary, ACCIONA will also be an equity investor in the project.
ACCIONA and its partners worked closely with Transport for NSW to identify a range of design improvements, including larger light rail vehicles, each of which will carry more people than nine standard buses. As a result, the new light rail network will carry up to 15 per cent more passengers during peak hour and provide 33 per cent more seats across the day. The project also includes wire free infrastructure to protect the aesthetic appeal of the Central Business District.
Construction will begin after Anzac Day (25 April) in 2015, with services expected to start operating in early 2019. The new light rail network is expected to provide a significant boost of more than A$4 billion in economic benefits to the NSW economy and create 10,000 jobs.