Sep2020_SMWSA Airport Terminal Station Artists Impression

Bouygues Construction Australia, John Holland Gamuda JV and Acciona Construction Australia have been shortlisted to undertake 10 km of tunnelling and construction of station boxes for the Greater Western Sydney and Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport metro project. The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of this year, with the first of four TBMs in the ground by the middle of 2023.


Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has awarded British Steel a framework contract for the supply of rails, acting on behalf of all the UK light rail and metro networks collectively as well as the Isle of Man.

Grand Paris Line 16 map

Société du Grand Paris has awarded Razel-Bec, Sefi-Intrafor and Fayat Metal the third and last civil works contract for the future Line 16. The €325m seven-year contract announced on February 22 covers the section between Clichy-Montfermeil, Celles and Noisy-Champs, and includes 5·5 km of tunnel.


The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide a €50m load to support Kyiv metro’s acquisition of 10 five-car trainsets for use on an extension to the Vynohradar residential area. The bank said the line would be the backbone of public transport, encouraging more people to switch from private cars or minibuses to more environmentally friendly transport.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has released a draft environmental assessment for the replacement of the 4·8 km straddle monorail at Newark Liberty airport, which opened in 1996. ‘The current AirTrain Newark has reached the end of its useful life, suffering frequent breakdowns and delays’, said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. ‘A modern best-in-class airport must have an appealing, reliable best-in-class rail mass transit link that will eliminate headaches during travel, not cause them.’

gb Sheffield Supertram tram and tram-train (Tony Miles)

British light rail association UKTram has become an official knowledge partner and member of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transport. ‘Joining the Institute reflects our commitment to working in partnership, sharing best practice and skills development’, said Manager James Hammett. ‘We’ve also become part of the CIHT’s Partnerships Network, which brings together representatives from public, private and academic sectors, for high-level discussions on the challenges faced by the transport industry.’


Dr Jon Lamonte is to step down as Sydney Metro Chief Executive this month to pursue an alternate career path outside Australia. Rebecca McPhee, Deputy Chief Executive of Sydney Metro, will become Acting Chief Executive.