Colas, Parsons consortium picked for Edmonton’s $1.9bn light rail system

Marigold Infrastructure Partners, a joint venture of France’s Colas Infrastructure, US engineer Parsons, and Canadian firms Francl Architecture, Fast + EPP and Stantec, will design, build and partially finance the 14km Valley Line West LRT project in Edmonton, Canada.

Three public-private partnership (PPP) consortiums were shortlisted for the contract in March 2020, but the two teams led by Aecon and Dragados, and Astaldi and Salini Impregilo (Webuild) were unsuccessful.

The project will be the second phase of the 27km Valley Line LRT, running 14km from Mill Woods through downtown to the west end.

The first phase of the line is currently under construction by TransEd Partners, a consortium led by US engineer Bechtel.

Construction on the second phase is due to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2026 or 2027.

Xavier Fenaux, Colas Canada’s deputy vice president, said: "Marigold Infrastructure Partners is very excited to work with the City of Edmonton on the Valley Line West LRT.

"As partners of MIP, Colas – whose subsidiary Standard General has delivered projects in Edmonton since 1969, and Parsons – building on their decades-long legacy of delivering P3 projects in Alberta, are proud to help the City build Edmonton and meet its long-term strategic goals for the city."

Image: The government of Alberta’s rendering of the Valley Line scheme

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