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Sydney Light Rail Contractor Is On A “Go Slow”

Acciona the Spanish contractor currently building Sydney's new light rail line say they will finish the much-delayed project despite launching a $1.1 billion lawsuit against the NSW state government.

In a private memo seen by the Herald, the company denies claims they are to blame for any delays or the massive cost blowout of the 12-kilometre line stretching from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kensington in the city's south east.

Acciona has taken legal action against Transport for NSW for “misleading or deceptive conduct” claiming they were led to believe power company Ausgrid had agreed to a plan to deal with utilities under the route of the line when it had not.

Acciona believes the intersection of George and Bridge streets in the CBD is as an example of work it was required to perform on underground utilities which took much longer to complete than was specified in the original construction contract.

Acciona's memo says the company is working “diligently on the project” and was committed to completing it.

However, the memo does not specify when the construction will be finished with the laying of tracks completed in just nine of 31 zones.

Under the original schedule, all major civil construction including power poles and footpaths, was expected to be finished this month. 

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