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CAF’s light rail expansion in Australia

24 Feb 2020, by Informa Insights

Transport solutions provider, CAF, has gone from strength to strength since it pioneered in the field of light rail, ten years ago.

Back then, the firm made headlines when it became the first supplier of light rails with wire-free capabilities, operating by means of an Onboard Energy Storage System (OESS).

Today, CAF has presence in more than thirty countries including a long-standing subsidiary in Australia.

Here it has supplied 12 Light Rails for the Sydney Inner West Line, 14 Light Rails for Canberra Stage 1, and 6 Light Rails for Newcastle. Newcastle Light Rail line is the first 100 percent wire-free line in Australia.

In late 2018, CAF was awarded the supply of 13 Light Rails and the systems and integration for the Parramatta Light Rail Project. These 13 Light Rails will also operate in wire-free sections, reducing visual pollution and providing energy savings.

The project is expected to help the region in its quest to become a major business district for Sydney, as per the Greater Sydney Region Plan.

Pedro Pellon is a Director at CAF Rail Australia. Ahead of the ARA Light Rail Conference, he tells Informa, “It’s a real honour to have established this kind of presence in Australia. Needless to say, there is a lot of competition here and we’re humbled that our technology appears to have been embraced with such open arms.”

However, the firm’s quest to conquer the world of transport, doesn’t stop here and Pedro admits it still has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

“We believe light rail has an important role to play in an integrated future transport network and we certainly don’t plan to curb our efforts here. We have lots of exciting plans on the horizon.”

Talking more about the firm’s ongoing projects and expansion plans, CAF representative, Xabier Larrea, is among an expert line up of speakers to address the ARA Light Rail Conference 4-5 March 2020 in Canberra.

Other insights will be heard from Parramatta Light Rail, Canberra Metro Operations, ALTRAC’s Sydney Light Rail Operations.

Learn more and register.

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