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CIMIC swoops £300M Canberra light rail contract

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The contract to design and construct the first stage of Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, has been awarded to a CIMIC-led consortium.

Working under a joint venture called the Canberra Metro consortium, CIMIC will carry out the design, construction, operations, maintenance and equity investment for the 12km of light rail route from the area of Gungahlin to the city. It will include 13 stops, depot, road, signalling and preparatory works, and the ongoing operation and maintenance of the light rail system.

The deal comprises of around £156M for the design and construction the same amount over the 20-year concession period.

Canberra Metro will complete construction in late 2018 and begin operations in early 2019.

Canberra Metro partner CPB Contractors managing director Román Garrido said: “Stage one of Capital Metro will provide the backbone of an accessible and user-friendly public transport system and a new industry for Canberra.

“The key to this project’s sustainable and successful delivery is the planned participation of local business. Creating local jobs and enhancing workforce capabilities will benefit future light rail stages and other regional infrastructure projects.”

Canberra Metro comprises the CIMIC Group’s Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors, as well as John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly Deutsche Bahn International), CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

Pacific Partnerships will invest in equity funding along with John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation and Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments. Pacific Partnerships will also provide operations and maintenance services for 20 years, in partnership with John Holland and DB Engineering & Consulting.

CPB Contractors will deliver the design and construction in a joint venture with John Holland.

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