A $1.96 billion contract has been awarded to start tunnelling on the mega Sydney Metro West project.
Construction work will begin immediately to deliver 11 kilometres of twin metro rail tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and The Bays.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said mega tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of next year, as planned, under the contract awarded to Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd Joint Venture.
“These tunnels mean you’ll be able to get from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD in around 20 minutes on a fast, safe and reliable driverless metro train, forever changing how we move around Sydney,” Mr Constance said.
“Today’s historic milestone is a massive step towards delivering Metro West which will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, transforming our city for generations to come.”
Mr Constance said this once in a century infrastructure investment will link new communities to rail services, slash travel times across the network and support employment growth.
“Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs, with many of these jobs generated by this major contract.
“To build these tunnels a broad range of skills will be required including tunnellers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, concrete workers, truck drivers, labourers and security guards,” Mr Constance said.
The contract includes:
- Twin 11-kilometre metro railway tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park;
- Excavation and civil works for five new stations at The Bays, Five Dock, Burwood North, North Strathfield and Sydney Olympic Park;
- Two double-shield, hard rock TBMs;
- A crossover cavern at Burwood North and one of the two precast concrete factories at Eastern Creek;
- 70,000 concrete segments to line the twin tunnels;
- Two access shafts at Burwood North and The Bays;
- A TBM launch site at The Bays Station and a TBM retrieval site at Sydney Olympic Park Station.
Completion of the tunnelling contract is expected by the end of 2025.