ACCIONA has been named the preferred alliance partner to build various stages of the Eastern Busway in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Spanish infrastructure firm has won the contract in consortium with local group Fletcher.

Part of Auckland’s transport system, Eastern Busway is said to be one of the key infrastructure projects aimed at improving the city’s connections between the suburbs of Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany.

The project will see the construction of new bus and cycle lanes to reduce traffic and travel times in Auckland.

The ACCIONA consortium will be responsible for executing work worth NZD700m ($481m) as part of a wider NZD1.4bn ($962m) project.

Engineering companies AECOM and Jacobs will also be involved in creating project designs.

Eastern Busway is expected to be completed by 2025.

The Spanish company entered the New Zealand market in 2016 after it was awarded a contract in consortium with Fletcher to build a highway from Puhoi to Warkworth in the north of Auckland.

Under that contract, ACCIONA was also responsible for managing the highway stretch for 25 years, under a public-private partnership format.

Last month, ACCIONA secured a A$137m ($96.4m) road upgrade contract in the State of Queensland, Australia.

Under this contract, ACCIONA will be responsible for upgrading a 6km road stretch of Bruce Highway in the north of Brisbane.

ACCIONA agreed to upgrade the highway from four to six lanes between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Pumicestone Road, north of Brisbane.