The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been chosen to rollout the new $2.1 billion Sydney CBD and South East light rail network.
The consortium, comprising Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital, will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the new light rail project as well as operate and maintain the existing inner west light rail.
The 12 kilometre light rail line will link multiple key locations in Sydney including Circular Quay and Central, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Football Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.
The consortium’s proposal brings forward the expected completion date of the project to 2018, and has a passenger capacity 50 per cent higher than the government’s originally planned 9000 passengers per direction per hour.
“Sydney is experiencing a resurgence with light rail, moving away from the construction of roads, and towards a more sustainable, efficient and safer mode of transport,” chief executive of the Australasian Rail Association Brian Nye said.
“The roll out of the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail network will transform the way Sydneysiders live and move around one of Australia’s fastest growing and busiest cities.”