Colas team wins Liège tramway PPP scheme

A consortium comprising three subsidiaries of French civil engineer Colas has won a public-private partnership (PPP) for the first tramway line in Liège, 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 Liège’s southwest, to the city of Herstal in the northeast via the high-speed train station and Liège’s central Saint Lambert Square.

The project is due to be completed by 2022.

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