Five consortia of builders and operators have been shortlisted for two contracts to deliver stage one of the Parramatta Light Rail project.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, announced the shortlists for the two major contracts for the project, including Australian and international light rail companies.

“This project will create thousands of jobs for the local community, and light rail will revolutionise the way people move around the Parramatta region,” Mr Constance said.

“The world’s best light rail organisations are lining up to be part of this major infrastructure project, and we are moving as fast as possible with procurement of these contracts to ensure they are both awarded before the end of 2018.”

The shortlists for the two major contracts for stage one are:

Infrastructure Works (major construction including urban design):

  • CPB Contractors and Downer EDI Works Joint Venture
  • John Holland Pty Ltd

Supply, Operate and Maintain (supply vehicles, design and construct stabling and maintenance facility, systems, and operations and maintenance):

  • Connecting Parramatta Consortium: consisting of John Holland ALSTOM Transport Australia and Deutsche Bahn
  • Greater Parramatta: Downer EDI Rail, with Keolis Downer, Downer EDI Works, Ansaldo STS Australia and CRRC Changchun Australia
  • Great River City Light Rail: consisting of Transdev Australasia, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Laing O’Rourke.

Shortlisted bidders will now be asked to submit a formal proposal, with both contracts to be awarded in 2018.

Stage one of Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via Parramatta CBD with a two-way track spanning 12km.

Community members and local stakeholders have recently been able to provide feedback on the project. The Environmental Impact Statement was on public exhibition for eight weeks from August 23 – October 23, 2017.

Transport for NSW will prepare and release an EIS submissions report to respond to issues raised during the consultation. Approval from the NSW Minister for Planning is required before Transport for NSW can proceed with construction.

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