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Acciona selected as preferred proponent to deliver the $2.83B Vancouver Broadway Subway project

11/07/2020

The contract includes 5 kilometres of tunnelling, the construction of six underground stations and the installation of 700m of elevated structure

The ACCIONA-Ghella consortium led by ACCIONA has been selected by the Province of BC as preferred proponent for the Broadway Subway Project.  The project is an extension of the Millennium Line and a key link in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. 

The CAD$2.83 billion contract includes the design and construction of 5.7 new kilometres of network, part of which will be underground, including twin tunnels with an excavation diameter of six metres (5.2 metres internal diameter) as well as six new stations.

Construction of the subway will involve works starting in 2020, with the new extension opening in 2025.  This will be the fifth extension of the metro system that was inaugurated in 1986. Once in service, the trip from VCC-Clark to Arbutus Station will take 11 minutes, saving the average transit commuter almost 30 minutes a day and relieving congestion along Broadway. 

“This new contract will mark ACCIONA’s 6th active infrastructure project in BC.  We are proud to share the trust of the Province of BC and are looking forward to another strong collaboration with Ghella.  Our team is looking forward to develop further connections with our local partners and communities as ACCIONA will be celebrating its 20 anniversary in Canada in 2021.”, said Carlos Planelles, Country Director and President for ACCIONA North America.

The project, using a design-build-finance approach, is funded and delivered by the Government of British Columbia, with contributions from the Government of Canada and the city of Vancouver.

The consortium selected by the Province of British Columbia comprises ACCIONA (60%) and the Italian firm Ghella (40%), which has important experience in underground works.  Both global companies have previously collaborated to construct iconic international transport infrastructure such as Scandinavia’s longest railway tunnels for the Norwegian railway authorities (the Follo Line); the Legacy Way tunnels in Brisbane (Australia); or the Bologna Node on the Milan-Naples high-speed rail section in Italy.

ACCIONA also has extensive experience on its own of constructing metro lines in Spain, Ecuador and Brazil, as well as railway tunnels.

ACCIONA in Canada

ACCIONA has successfully delivered large projects and sustainable infrastructure solutions across Canada since 2001.  Our leadership and expertise span the entire value chain from research and development through construction, operation and maintenance of projects.  Currently involved in some of Canada’s largest infrastructure Projects (such as Site C Clean Energy Project; Pattullo Bridge), ACCIONA delivers solution that contribute to the economic and social progress of the communities in which it operates.  www.acciona.ca

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