|Article by Harvey Glickenstein|
|On 20 December 2018, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure for NSW, Andrew Constance, confirmed the final budget for the Parramatta project as A$2.4 billion, which includes two major contracts, early and enabling works, road network upgrades, new bridges and active transport links, urban design, and changes to the bus network and project costs from 2015–2023.
“We are excited to confirm the NSW government is investing in not one but two experienced consortia to deliver us a world-class light rail,” Constance said. “Between them, these teams have delivered the Newcastle, Canberra, and Gold Coast Stage 2 light rail networks that have transformed these cities for the better.”
The A$840 million major contract to build the light rail system was awarded to Downer and CPB Contractors in a joint venture, while the A$536 million contract to supply and operate the network and build the depot, light rail stops, and power systems was awarded to the Great River City Light Rail consortium.