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Canberra Metro announced as Capital Metro light rail tender winner

The international consortium that will build Canberra's controversial light rail network has been revealed as Canberra Metro.

The ACT government has also said the tram line will cost between $663 million and $733 million.

Work will begin mid year, and be finished by late 2018.

The consortium was one of two bidders shortlisted to build, own and operate the 12-kilometre light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin.

Canberra Metro is led by Leighton subsidiary Pacific Partnerships and includes Mitsubishi and John Holland, and German firm DB International GmbH.

Submissions for the $783 million contract closed last September with the development application for the first stage approved last month.

Construction is anticipated to begin before this year's ACT elections and be completed by 2019, despite the ACT Liberals vowing to axe the project should they come into power in October.

The ACT is set to spend $65 million on a fleet of 14 trams, which will be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy.

Each will be able to carry 200 people and four bicycles.

The other, unsuccessful, shortlisted bidder was Activate, led by Downer EDI and including train-building company Bombardier and Keolis Downer. It operates the new Gold Coast tram and Melbourne's tram network.

Source: The Canberra Times

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