First tram arrives in Canberra
AUSTRALIA: CAF has delivered the first of 14 trams that it is supplying for the network under construction in Canberra. The five-section vehicle was shipped from Spain in October, arriving in Port Kembla before being transported by road to the capital.
CAF is part of the Canberra Metro consortium which signed the PPP contract for first phase of the light rail project in May 2016. The other members are Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corp, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments and Deutsche Bahn International.
The trams will have capacity for 207 passengers, with 12 priority seats and two wheelchair spaces. They will be equipped with wi-fi, air-conditioning and bicycle storage. Maximum speed will be 70 km/h.
Construction of the 12 km first phase is due to be completed in late 2018 for the start of passenger services the following year. Canberra Metro will provide 20 years of operations and maintenance.