A consortium comprising three subsidiaries of French civil engineer Colas has won a public-private partnership (PPP) for the first tramway line in LiÃ¨ge, Belgium.
The Tram’Ardent consortium, led by Colas Projects, also contains Colas Belgium and Colas Rail Belgium, Spanish rolling stock maker Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Luxembourg financial firm DIF. It will design, finance, build and maintain the tramway.
The team will also create and manage a storage centre and 240,000 sq m of surrounding urban space.
A company comprising the Colas firms and CAF will maintain the infrastructure and equipment throughout the contract.
The 11.7km route will link 21 stations, connecting the Sclessin multimodal station in LiÃ¨ge’s southwest, to the city of Herstal in the northeast via the high-speed train station and LiÃ¨ge’s central Saint Lambert Square.
The project is due to be completed by 2022.