Greater Western Sydney residents will be happy to know major construction on the Parramatta Light Rail will begin in 2019 following the award of two major contracts to build and operate Stage 1 of the project, connecting Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camelia.
The $840 million major contract to build the light rail system was awarded to Downer and CPB Contractors in a joint venture, while the $536 million contract to supply and operate the network and build the depot, light rail stops and power systems awarded to the Great River City Light Rail consortium.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today confirmed the final budget for the project as $2.4 billion and project costs from 2015-2023.
Having delivered the Newcastle, Canberra and Gold Coast Stage 2 light rail networks that have transformed these cities for the better between the teams, Mr Constance is confident that the NSW Government have invested in two experienced consortia to deliver a world-class light rail.
“Both consortiums’ proposals for Stage 1 clearly demonstrated a strong appreciation of the needs of the customer and the community and the importance of connecting great places in the Greater Parramatta region,” Mr Constance said.
“We will also be bringing new business to Parramatta – for example, Great River City Light Rail will operate from its future base in Camellia, with a permanent workforce that provides opportunities for local jobs.
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said that given the growth in Greater Western Sydney, the Parramatta Light Rail will be a key addition to the public transport network.
“In a few years, Parramatta Light Rail is going to get people out of their cars and transform the Greater Parramatta region with quick and easy transport.”
The Parramatta Light Rail will begin operations in 2023, offering a “turn up and go” service that runs every 7.5 minutes during peak periods. The 45-metre vehicles will be fully accessible and can carry up to 300 passengers each.
Original article: ABC News, December 20, 2018
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