Led by Transdev, the Great River City Light Rail consortium won the supply, operation and maintenance agreement for Phase 1 of the Parramatta tramway near Sydney. The agreement value is A$536mn, or €330mn, for the operating part. Transdev thus consolidates its position as world leader in the field of tramway operation, with 23 networks in 8 countries.
This is a major infrastructure project for the government of New South Wales, estimated at AUD 2.4bn (€1.5bn) and phase 1 of the Parramatta tramway will link Westmead to Carlingford via the business centre of Parramatta and Camellia, with a two-way track over 12 km. The phase 1 will be up and running in 2023.
Transdev Australasia, the Australian subsidiary of the Transdev group, will be charged with running tests, servicing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure for a period of 8 years as from completion of the works.
Already the operator of the Inner Light Rail line, and the future operator of the CBD & SouthEast line which is still under construction, Transdev will, as a result, become the operator of all of the tramway networks in the Sydney region. This further strengthens its position as a multimodal operator in Sydney, where the company has partnered with the New South Wales government for the last 20 years, providing many bus, coach, ferry and on-demand transport services to over 48 million passengers per year.