ACS and Acciona, through their respective consortiums, bid for the project to expand the SkyLink light rail line, in Vancouver (Canada), which has a total budget of around 2,800 million euros (4,000 million Canadian dollars).
Specifically, the Government of British Columbia has invited two consortia to submit their proposals for the 16-kilometer expansion project that includes the design, construction and financing of an elevated road, road works and public services, as well as the transport elements of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain, according to official data.
Acciona participates in the South Fraser Guideway Connectors consortium, which also includes Aecon, Pomerleau and Parsons. For its part, the competing SkyLink Guidway Partners consortium includes the ACS group through Dragados Canada, Ledcor and Systra International Bridge Technologies.
Notably, Dragados has already participated in some of Canada’s largest public transportation projects, including Confederation Line in Ottawa and Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto, while Acciona is also the prime contractor for the construction of the entire Broadway extension of the SkyTrain Millennium Line, among other projects.
Construction of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension on the Expo Line is expected to begin in 2024.
This will connect the city centre with Fleetwood and .
The works include an elevated track along the Fraser Highway, between King George Station in Surrey city centre and 203 Street Station in central Langley.
The provincial government has budgeted 770 million euros (1.1 billion Canadian dollars) for this phase of the project.
The chosen consortium, whose prequalification has advanced today Cinco Días, is expected to be known at the end of autumn 2023.
In October 2022, the province opened the process for the construction of eight new SkyTrain stations, including transportation elements such as bike and pedestrian paths around the new stations. A third proposal for the systems and tracks contract was issued in November 2022, which includes the design, installation and integration of electrical systems, such as power, telecommunications and automatic controls, and the supply and installation of tracks.
SkyTrain is a driverless light rail system, the oldest and one of the longest in the world. It has three lines: the Expo and Millennium lines, which connect downtown Vancouver with the surrounding cities of Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey, and the Canada line, which connects downtown Vancouver with Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the city of Richmond.