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Parramatta Light Rail Contract Goes to Transdev Consortium

The consortium led by French-owned global mobility operator Transdev has won the Parramatta Light Rail contract in Australia. The consortium, Great River City Light Rail, will supply, operate and maintain the light rail service.

Transdev-led consortium wins Parramatta light rail contract
Transdev-led consortium wins Parramatta light rail contract © Transport for NSW

The Parramatta Light Rail project, also known as Western Sydney Light Rail, is a major infrastructure project for the government of New South Wales. Its estimated cost is 2.4 billion Australian dollars (1.5 billion euros). Construction works will take place in two stages, with Stage 1 being a 12km line with 16 stops. The trains for this line will have air-conditioning and a capacity of up to 300 passengers. This stage is set to begin operating in 2023.

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Transdev is proud of having won the Parramatta Light Rail contract. At the present time it operates 23 light rail systems in 8 countries. Laurence Broseta, Transdev Executive Vice President, International, said:

“As the current operator of the Inner West Light Rail, and operator of the upcoming CBD & South East line, still under construction, Transdev will be operating all Sydney-region light rail networks. It also consolidates our near 20-year trusted partnership with the New South Wales Government and affirms our multi-modal positioning in delivering light rail, ferry, bus, coach and on-demand transport services for over 48 million customers in Sydney.”

Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev, said:

“After securing contracts for bus and ferries in Stockholm (Sweden), TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit and urban cable cars in Bogota (Colombia) and the Hannover (Germany) regional train network, this new success in Australia concludes a very successful commercial year for Transdev on its international markets. I would like to congratulate the Transdev international and Australian teams and I am delighted with the renewed sales performance of the Group.”

City Light Rail Consortium Contract Details

The consortium is to supply light rail vehicles and systems. It will also be responsible for building the stabling and maintenance facility. It will further deal with the above-ground fit-out of the stations and operate and maintain the line.

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The second consortium member, CAF Rail Australia, will then supply the rolling stock and system. In particular, it will deliver 13 URBOS 100 seven-car units. The ‘100’ in URBOS 100 refers to the feature that 100 percent of the light rail vehicle is low-floor. Engineering company Laing O’Rourke will perform construction works.

Transdev Group’s Australian subsidiary Transdev Australasia meanwhile will perform testing, commissioning and on-going operation and maintenance. The contract runs for eight years from the completion of the construction works.

Read: Shortlists Revealed for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail Project

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