Passenger Rail

Contract awarded to prepare Bankstown Line stations for Southwest Metro

Canterbury Station on the Bankstown Line

The contract to upgrade stations on the Bankstown Line to Metro rail standards has been awarded to a joint venture of Haslin Constructions and Stephen Edwards Constructions.

The contract covers retrofitting stations along the existing 125-year-old line to be more accessible and safer.

Work includes upgrading and re-levelling existing platforms for level access, two lifts at Canterbury Station, a family-accessible toilet at Canterbury Station, improving security fencing along the rail corridor, interchange improvements, and general improvements such as better lighting, painting, tiling and paving.

Once complete, the renovations will enable step-free access between the train and street.

The contract also includes preparing the stations for the installation of platform screen doors. Similar to those used on the existing Metro Northwest line, this will be the first time that platform screen doors are added to an existing rail corridor in Australia.

Three companies were shortlisted for the supply and installation of mechanical gap fillers and platform screen doors to the line in early 2020.

Work will begin in the first half of 2021 on Marrickville, Canterbury, and Lakemba stations.

Metro services will begin running on the former Bankstown Line in 2024.