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Liege tramway to be built by CAF/Colas

On 13 September the Walloon transport operator OTW announced its preferred choice of a private partner to deliver the design, financing construction and maintenance of the new 11.7km tramline through the city. It selected the CAF/Colas consortium TramArdent, which was a shock to rival bidder MobiLiege, led by Alstom Transport. A contract signing is scheduled for January.

Work will start in 2019 for completion in autumn 2022. 90% of the line will be on private right-of-way, with 21 stops, and a 900-place P+R. CAF will supply 20 Urbos 3 trams, signaling, telecommunications and power systems, in addition to system maintenance. COLAS will carry out the civil engineering work, including track-laying.

This was the second attempt to find a PPP partner for the project. In 2014 the Alstom-led consortium was selected, but the tender was cancelled because the European Union judged that not enough risk was being transferred from the public to the private sector. The competition was restarted in 2016, but two consortia submitting best and final offers in May 2018.

Liege had a first generation tramway from 1871 to 1967. Work on the current project started in 2008.

24 September 2018


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