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Webuild and FCC win Ontario transport contract

A rendering showing the 1.5km-long elevated section of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, part of the Ontario Line project. (Metrolinx image)

Italy’s Webuild Group and Spain’s Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas have been awarded a contract to build part of a new rapid transit line under construction in Toronto, Canada.

The JV‘s CA$1-2 billion (£582 million - £1.16 billion) contract will see it develop and build the Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations (PTUS) section of the Ontario Line. The final contract value will be determined by the detailed design, included in the contract.

The new subway line will run through Toronto, where the population is expected to increase rapidly from 6 million citizens now to over 8 million by 2030.

The joint venture will design and construct the works, commissioned by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx.

The PTUS contract for the Ontario Line North will be executed as a "Progressive Design-Build", an innovative contract model meaning lower execution risks in the start-up and construction phases of the project. 

The PTUS contract covers the design, construction, supply, and operation of 3km of twin tunnels, two underground stations, the interface with Toronto Transit Commission’s Line 2 subway, and related works. 

The Ontario Line will run from Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Line 5) at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue in the northeast to Exhibition Place in the southwest. It will cut travel times on the route to less than 30 minutes compared to the current 70 minutes. 

The Ontario Line will extend 15.6km with 15 stations, six intermodal hubs, and more than 40 connections with existing subway, streetcar, light-rail transit, and regional rail lines and bus services.

Webuild is already working with the Connect 6ix consortium on the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance (RSSOM) package of works for the Ontario Line, which includes designing and implementing signalling, communication, and safety systems, supplying rolling stock, and carrying out the line’s operation and maintenance.

The PTUS contract will be the third sustainable mobility project being built in Canada by Webuild. 

In addition to the RSSOM and PTUS packages of the Ontario Line, the Group is also carrying out the Hurontario project with the Mobilinx consortium, to build a light rail line that will run 18km, near Toronto, along Hurontario Street.