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Vinci, Ferrovial to build major portion of new Ontario Line subway in Toronto, Canada

Metrolinx, the transit authority for the Greater Toronto region (Ontario, Canada) has awarded Vinci Construction Grands Projets the civil contract for the design-build-finance of a major portion of the new Ontario Line, in a 50/50 joint venture with Ferrovial. The project will form part of the future 15.6 km Ontario Line subway that will run from the Ontario Science Centre to the Exhibition/Ontario Place in Toronto.

The contract, worth CAN$6 billion (Ä4,4 billion), covers financing, design and construction of the civil engineering, excluding rail equipment, for a 2 x 6 km twin-tube tunnel, together with seven new stations on a general contracting basis. The financing, partly mobilised by the contractor, includes a bank facility mobilising an international pool of eleven banks, including three Canadian. The project will require 89 months of work for delivery in 2030.

The Ontario Line is a major infrastructure project that will reduce congestion, cut travel times and drive sustainable development in the City of Toronto. It will put 227,500 more people within a short walk of transit and accommodate 388,000 daily rides by 2041. It will also significantly relieve congestion on the existing metro line 1, as well as road traffic and the associated greenhouse gas emissions with as many as 28,000 vehicles taken off the roads each day.

Vinci said it has already mobilised credit from 11 banks.

Ferrovial said it was its construction divisionís biggest ever project.

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