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Alstom team shaves a year off $2.1bn Sydney rail project

18 Dec 14 The contract for a AU$2.1bn (£1.1bn) light rail contract in Sydney, Australia, has been officially signed and it has been announced that the line will be finished almost a year early.

Minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian announced the award of the contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the Central Business District (CBD) & South East Light Rail line to the Altrac Light Rail consortium. The team, formerly named Connecting Sydney, is made up of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital and had been named as preferred bidder in October (link opens in new tab).

Major construction of the project is now expected to finish in 2018, and services scheduled to commence in early 2019, almost a year earlier than originally expected.

“This project will provide a significant improvement in public transport in Sydney, as well as creating more than 10,000 jobs for our economy,” said Berejiklian.

"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.

“As previously announced, this contract will result in an increased project cost due to customer improvements to the original scope, and customers will enjoy services around one year earlier than previously planned.”

Berejiklian said that improvements for customers include increased capacity, with longer vehicles and longer light rail stops.

Construction will start after Anzac Day  – 25 April -  2015 and works will be staged along the route, to reduce the impact on residents and businesses during construction.

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