CAF-led team wins tram PPP in Belgium

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The Board of Directors of the Transport Operator of Wallonia (OTW) has appointed the Tram'Ardent consortium to deliver a new tram system in Liège, a province in the east of Belgium. The consortium comprises CAF, which will lead construction, and Colas Group, which will lead the civil engineering elements of the project, and DIF Infrastructure V.

Tram'Ardent's mission is to build an electrified tram network between Sclessin and Coronmeuse (including complementary systems such as crossroads), the supply of rolling stock, and the creation and management of a maintenance and storage centre in Bressoux.

This tram line will connect Sclessin to Coronmeuse (11.7 km) and will serve 21 stations, 90% of which will be in dedicated lanes. The line will also connect to car parking facilities with more than 900 spaces. Work should start in early 2019 for commissioning in 2022.

Tram'Ardent was chosen over one other final bid submitted by Mobiliège, a consortium led by Alstom Transport.

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