ACS and Acciona, finalists in the bid for a rail project of 4.173 million in Canada | companies

ACS and Acciona were finalists to be awarded a new tram line in the Canadian city of Calgary, which has a total budget of 5,500 million Canadian dollars (4,173 million euros) and in which another company company, CAF, is already present in the manufacture of trains.

As reported by the city council, two consortia have gone to the final stage and ACS is in both, in the first through its subsidiary in America (Flatiron) and in another through its construction company Dragados and in which it is also Acciona.

In this way, the company chaired by Florentino Pérez definitely assures that it will be in the project. If it wins with Flatiron, it will build the line with local companies Barnard and WPS, while if it wins with Dragados, in addition to Acciona, it will undertake work with Aecom and Parsons.

It is an 18 kilometer light rail line and, with a budget of 4,173 million euros, it is the largest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history. The Government of Canada has committed $1.6 billion, the Province of Alberta $1.7 billion and the city another $2.2 billion.

In any case, this estimate was made in July 2020, before the rise in the price of construction materials in the world, so the figure could increase. It also includes the execution of the entire project, not just the construction phase.

The work will include 13 stations and a few tunnels, since the train will also run underground, as well as various bridges, three large park and rides and a maintenance building for parking trains.

The objective of this macro-project is to create a major railway infrastructure in this city with a 46-kilometre route to cross Calgary from south to north.

Its stops will connect both residential areas and business centers, essential services and tourist points, which suggests a high attendance of this line called Green Line.

Currently, this important project has its first phase underway, which includes connecting the Shepard station, where the unit depot will be located, with the 16 Avenue North station, north of the city.

Subsequently, the plan marks its extension by an additional 26 kilometers to allow full high-frequency rapid transit service. Experts point to the ability of this project to foster investment opportunities and economic growth in the metropolitan area of ​​this city located about 80 kilometers from the Rocky Mountains, “also contributing to improving the quality of life of citizens and to the achievement of a more sustainable and accessible city”.

The winning consortium will be chosen in the first quarter of next year, after which a 12-month study period will begin, with the implementation and works phase due to start in the second quarter of 2024.

CAF, the train and bus manufacturer based in Beasain (Guipúzcoa), won last November the contract to supply 28 light trains, with an option for 24 additional units, for 300 million euros, for this line.

The unit belongs to CAF’s tram platform, called Urbos, and will have seven modules over its 42 meter length.

With a capacity for 288 passengers, of which 73 can be seated, its design will provide safety and comfort to users, also highlighting the accessibility of the vehicle and its habitability as another of its main features.

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