Trams in Sydney.

AUSTRALIA: Spanish manufacturer CAF has been awarded a A$20m contract to supply six new and four leased trams to Sydney, New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced on August 16.

The new light rail vehicles will be delivered from next year. They are needed for the 5·6 km Inner West Extension along a former rail alignment from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill which is scheduled for completion in 2014.

CAF has also been awarded a separate three-year contract worth A$1·8m to maintain the new vehicles and the existing fleet of seven Adtranz Variotrams.

  • A spokesman for the Edinburgh trams project confirmed to Railway Gazette International that the trams for Sydney will not be surplus vehicles from the Scottish capital.