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Alstom/BAM consortium to build Liège tramway

On 10 December it was announced that the contractor selected by Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (SRWT) as preferred bidder for the tramway project is MobiLiege, a consortium led by Alstom and construction group BAM. The 11.5km line on the north bank of the river Meuse from Standard Liege (Val Benoît) to Coronmeuse via Gare des Guillemains (with a 1km cross-river branch to Bressoux depot) will require 19 45m Citadis trams, with a section in Place St-Lambert and the the city centre using the APS surface current collection system.

Negotiations will now take place on a 30.5-year PPP contract with a 3.5-year construction period starting this spring. Opening for passenger service could be in autumn 2018 therefore. A Bombardier-led consortium (LiegiaExpress) remains in reserve if the negotiations should not come to fruition. Expansion plans will result in an 18.9km line from Jemeppe to Herstal in the next decade.

12 December 2014

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