CAF awarded supply contract for Canberra Light Rail Vehicles
2 February 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
CAF, a member of the Canberra Metro Consortium, has been selected to supply 14 Light Rail Vehicles for the Australian capital’s new light rail line construction project.
The rolling stock manufacturer will supply 14 vehicles and maintain them for a 20-year period for service on a new light rail line in Canberra. This line will be 12 kilometre long with 13 stops, providing a corridor between the area of Gungahlin and the city centre. The first vehicles are scheduled for delivery in late 2017.
Canberra Metro Consortium to deliver light rail construction project
The Canberra Metro Consortium, made up of CAF, Pacific Partnerships, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, CPB Contractors, Deutsche Bahn International and the Bank of Tokio-Mitsubishi UFJ, is entrusted with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the new light rail line for a 20-year term.
Camberra Light Rail Vehicles scheduled for delivery in 2017
The new URBOS light rail platform light rail vehicles will be bidirectional, 33 metres in length consisting of 5 modules with 4 doors per side and have a 100 percent low floor. According to CAF, the vehicles combine modern aesthetics with cutting-edge technology and maximum accessibility, with no compromise on comfort, performance and ease of operation and maintenance.
Canberra Metro will complete construction in late 2018 and begin operations in early 2019. Andrew Barr, The Chief Minister of ACT (Australian Capital Territory) announced that a decision on a possible extension to Russell, a suburb north of the capital, will be made this year as discussions continue with the Federal Government.