In just two months, ACS and CAF have secured rail contracts in Australia worth 2,300 million euros. Both companies, as members of the Momentum Trains consortium, have been awarded the contract for the improvement of regional transport in New South Wales, valued at 792 million euros. CAF, which will invoice around 500 million with the contract, will supply 29 regional diesel-electric train units and two simulators and will participate in the construction and equipping of a maintenance depot in the city of Dubbo, near Sydney. The first units will enter service in 2022, as explained by the Basque company. ACS, through its Australian subsidiary Cimic, will be responsible for the improvement of the lines and the construction of a new train maintenance center, as well as its maintenance for a period of fifteen years. The works will begin this year and their participation in the project is estimated at 725 million Australian dollars (about 455 million euros). The contract comes just two months after the end of December achieved the tram of Parramatta, a city also close to Sydney, a project that has a budget of 1,520 million euros.
Both CAF and ACS have important interests in Australia. For the company presided over by Florentino Pérez, it is its second market by revenues behind North America. The manufacturer of rolling stock has been present in the country since 2010 and has already developed other projects for the Government of New South Wales, such as the supply of twelve Urbos 100 LRV trams and their maintenance for the Inner West line in Sydney, as well as the most recent light rail project for the nearby city of Newcastle, which includes the supply of six trams. It has also supplied fourteen units for the Canberra Metro light rail line.