The BSPC (Broadway Subway Project Corporation), led by ACCIONA, has attained financial close to construct the extension of the Millennium Line, a key link for the Vancouver subway transport system.
The $1.32 billion USD contract (CAD$1.728 billion), which is being supplied using a design-build-finance approach, contains the design and construction of 5.7 new km of network, part of which will be underground, containing twin tunnels with the excavation diameter of 6.3 m as well as six new stations.
The subway construction will involve works starting in 2020, with the new expansion opening by 2025. When giving services starts, the journey time on the Millennium Line will take 11 minutes, saving passengers approx. 30 minutes per day while reducing traffic congestion in the city. This will remarkably alleviate greenhouse gas emissions: a sustainable solution that will benefit all the Vancouver community.
While ACCIONA is going to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Canada next year, this new contract marks its 6th active infrastructure project in British Colombia.
ACCIONA and Ghella, the Italian company, have a great work experience in tunneling projects. Before, both worldwide companies have successfully collaborated to build iconic international transport infrastructure such as the Legacy Way tunnels in Brisbane (Australia); the Bologna Node on the Milan-Naples high-speed rail section in Italy; and Scandinavia’s longest railway tunnels for the Norwegian railway authorities (the Follo Line).