The New South Wales Government has awarded a Downer/CPB Contractors joint venture the $840 million contract to build Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail, which will connect Westmead to Carlingford in Sydney with a 12-kilometre, two-way track.
The state government also awarded the $536 million contract to supply and operate the network and built the depot, light rail stops and power systems on the $2.4 billion project to the Great River City Light Rail consortium.
Downer Chief Executive Officer Grand Fenn said the business was looking forward to delivering the project, which will see Parramatta become better connected through the improved accessibility that light rail brings.
“Our population will continue to grow and our cities, including Parramatta, will become increasingly urbanised,” Mr. Fenn said.
“Downer will continue to work closely with our customers, including the NSW Government, to deliver safe and reliable services that meet the future needs of our communities.”
CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said the project continued CPB Contractors’ strong growth in the rail sector and its commitment to western Sydney.
“Our experience on Sydney Metro and the Gold Coast and Canberra light rail projects means we understand how to deliver this important project working closely with the government, local businesses and the wider community.
“With our involvement in the early earthworks for Western Sydney Airport and delivery of The Northern Road upgrade between Luddenham and Glenmore Park, we’re also pleased to continue playing a key role in western Sydney’s rapid development.”
Remediation works began in October at the site of the future light rail stabling and maintenance facility at Camellia, and roadworks to prepare the Parramatta CBD and North Parramatta by redirecting traffic flow are underway.
Major construction on Stage 1 will commence in 2019, with the light rail expected to begin passenger services in 2023.