Acciona to face Sydney light rail inquiry

The head of a company at the centre of the NSW government’s troubled CBD light rail project is expected to face a parliamentary inquiry.

Acciona Infrastructure Australia managing director Bede Noonan is scheduled to appear before the legislative council inquiry into the impact of the light rail on Thursday.

The project has been dogged by delays and cost blowouts, with local residents and business owners telling the inquiry on Wednesday they felt they had been treated with contempt and forced to live with ongoing noise obstruction.

Acciona is locked in a court battle with the NSW government, with lawyers for the Spanish firm claiming the government misled the company on the complexity of the utilities work involved.

Other big names involved in the project, running from Sydney’s CBD to the city’s eastern suburbs, will also face the inquiry on Thursday.

James Bramley, chairman of ALTRAC – the consortium directly responsible for managing the light rail construction – will appear before the inquiry, as well as several Transport for NSW bureaucrats.

Source Australian Associated Press