Contract awarded for delivery of new light rail vehicles
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced a $20 million contract for the supply of new vehicles to run on the Inner West Light Rail Extension, due to be completed in 2014.
The new light rail vehicles will operate on the Inner West Extension and integrate seamlessly with the rest of the light rail network, Ms Berejiklian said.
“Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has been selected to deliver the vehicles following a competitive local and international tender process,” she said.
“We’ve listened to customer feedback to understand what people value about their journey on public transport and we are confident the vehicles provided by CAF will be world class, modern, safe and fully accessible.
The new contract provides for six new and four leased vehicles, which will be progressively delivered from next year.
In 2014 residents of the Inner West will have a new transport option into the city along a new 5.6 kilometre line extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, Ms Berejiklian said.
“We need to ensure we have some of these light rail vehicles ready for testing from next year.”
The Inner West Light Rail Extension will connect to the existing light rail service, which operates from Central to Lilyfield, and will run along the former Rozelle freight rail corridor, through the inner west to Dulwich Hill.
Early project works are already underway, with major construction starting soon.
In a separate tender, CAF has also been awarded a $1.8 million contract for the maintenance of new and existing light rail vehicles for an initial period of three years.
The Inner West Light Rail Extension is an important infrastructure project providing vital links between the inner west and CBD, Ms Berejiklian said.
“We will continue to look what role light rail would play in providing an effective transport solution beyond the current network.”