A $41M contract has been awarded for Sydney metro rapid transit system project in New South Wales, Australia.
The contract, which covers the technological installations at stations between Bankstown and Marrickville as well as the implementation of a brand-new mechanical gap filler technology, was awarded to Hyundai Movex. Quite impressively, the technological advancement is the very first of its kind, within Australia.
Scope of the $41MSydney metro rapid transit system project contract
According to the contract, Hyundai Movex will design, supply as well as install a total of 150 mechanical gap fillers. Additionally, the company will work with partners in Australia, including Ricardo Rail for the delivery of the project’s structures.
The installations will be done across the eight existing stations that are all been upgraded to Sydney Metro standards. Upon the arrival of a train at a station, the mechanical gap fillers will swiftly and automatically extend from the platform to the train, right before the screen doors open.
While commenting on the project, the Minister for Transport said that it strives to enhance the travel experience. Furthermore, David Elliot revealed that the commuters on the Bankstown line, specifically, are a step closer to more accessible as well as safer platforms.
Enhancing safety and mobility
The contract features 360 platform screen doors for the stations right between Bankstown and Marrickville. The doors are set to enhance safety by keeping objects and people from the gaps between platforms and trains. Additionally, the doors will allow the trains to get in and out, much faster.
The project will also include the supply of lifts to all ten stations between Bankstown and Marrickville. Further enabling full accessibility to Dulwich Hill, Canterbury, Punchbowl, Hurlstone Park, and Canterbury for the very first time. With level access between trains and platforms alongside lifts at all stations, the Sydney Metro is Australia’s only, fully accessible railway.
Contract Awarded for Western Sydney Airport Line Project
A joint venture of CPB Contractors and United Infrastructure that is comprised of three Western Sydney businesses i.e. Mulgoa Quarries, Burton Contractors, and JK Williams, was awarded a $538.5 million surface and civil alignment works contract for the Western Sydney Airport line project that was previously known as Sydney Metro Greater West.
The contract particularly covers the construction of a 3.5-kilometer elevated viaduct between Orchard Hills and Luddenham, 7 kilometers of earthwork for railroad building, a 190-meter-long rail bridge across the new M12 freeway, a 20-meter-long rail bridge within the airport, construction of temporary and permanent access roads, and large-scale earthworks for the stabling and maintenance facilities site.
The surface and civil alignment work contract is the second major contract awarded to complete Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport Project, which will benefit the region by producing 14,000 new jobs, including 250 apprenticeships throughout construction.
Boost for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project area
The $538.5 million surface and civil alignment work contract for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project is a huge boost to Western Sydney where more than 20% of the labor force for this project is expected to be sourced from.
As work on this contract ramps up in the coming months, United Infrastructure will generate 50 new positions, including apprentices and trainees, to assist in constructing the new metro rail line. 4
The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport Project will also source a minimum of 50% Australian steel, including reinforcing on all three of the project’s core contract packages, further increasing work opportunities in Australia. 5
Australia and New South Wales governments are collaborating to fund the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project. The project’s third and last major contract package is expected to be granted by the end of this year.
Sydney Metro Airport Project Awards Final Major Contract
The SSTOM (Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations, and Maintenance) contract for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project has been awarded.
Awarded to the Parklife Metro consortium, which is made up of Siemens, Plenary Group, RATP, and Webuild, the SSTOM contract is said to have the largest scope of any Sydney Metro contract awarded, up to date.
It covers the construction of six new stations between St Marys and the new Aerotropolis development alongside core rail systems. In addition, the contract includes the marshaling as well as maintenance facility that will be built at Orchard Hills.
More on the scope of the contract
Moreover, the project’s contract also includes the construction of 12 brand-new metro trains. The consortium will also construct the new Aerotropolis. Preparations for tunneling are already underway at the future station. The tunnel stretch will run from the airport to the Aerotropolis site.
Under the terms of the contract, Parklife Metro will also maintain and operate the Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport for a total of 15 years, upon operation. The SSTOM contract is also the largest public-private partnership award within New South Wales.
Significance of the project
The government declared the Sydney Metro Airport project a significant milestone mark in Australian history.
Officially, it is the first, ever infrastructure rail project to be certified as carbon neutral, since its construction began. Additionally, the project will continue to remain carbon-neutral throughout to operation.
As a whole, the project strives to support the growing Western Sydney region. Furthermore, the project aims to serve as a connection for commuters and travelers to the new Western Sydney International airport.
As a result, it will then provide major economic stimulus. In fact, it is projected to support more than 14,000 jobs during its construction.
Final tunneling contract for Sydney Metro West project in Australia awarded
The Sydney Metro West project has officially awarded its multi-billion final tunnel contract to a JV (joint venture). The JV comprises John Holland, CPB Contractors (CPB) alongside Ghella joint venture (JHCPBG JV).
The new contractors for the Sydney Metro West project will deliver the final, eastern tunneling stage. The project features a total of 3.5 kilometers of metro rail tunnels between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and The Bays.
Sydney Metro West project to begin operations in 2030
The project’s $1.63 billion contract includes a tunnel boring machine (TBM) launch site at The Bays. Officially, it has been confirmed that two TBMs will be launched toward Hunter Street. The Eastern Tunneling Contract will also include a turnback cavern towards the eastern direction of the New Hunter Street Station. The turnback cavern will allow for trains to turn around before their journey back to Parramatta.
The Sydney Metro West project’s contractors will also work on excavation and civil works for two new cavern stations at Hunter and Pyrmont Street within Sydney CBD. Moreover, the project will feature well over 8,000 segments to line the tunnels. Impressively, the project will create more than 70,000 indirect jobs as well as 10,000 direct new jobs.
The preparations for tunneling on its final section of the line are set to commence in 2023. Thereafter, in 2030, reliable and fast passenger services will begin to take commuters from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta in well about, 20 minutes.
David Elliot, The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Transport, Veterans, and Western Sydney spoke about the project. With absolute excitement, David asserted that the project strives to deliver Australia’s biggest public transport project. Furthermore, the NSW Minister confirmed that the two tunnel boring machines are already on site and ready to start working from early next year.