Engineering, Passenger Rail

Green light for Sydney Metro Stage 2

Construction will start this year on the new second Sydney Harbour rail crossing, with planning approval awarded to Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project, which will link Chatswood to the CBD and Bankstown.

NSW transport and infrastructure minister Andrew Constance welcomed the planning approval, which will allow the extension of the line currently under construction between Sydney’s north-west and Chatswood.

“The scale of this project will rival any megaproject across the globe, and today marks the start of even more grunt work,” the minister said.

“This is an unprecedented boost to rail capacity for our great city.”

The planning approval includes 16.5 kilometres of new metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham, which will include 15.5 kilometres of tunnelling, as well as the construction of seven new metro railway stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (in North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo.

Planning minister Rob Stokes said the news ensured Sydney will be prepared for the future.

“This project has been approved subject to some of the highest sustainability provisions in the world,” Stokes noted, saying greenhouse gas emissions made by the energy needed for the metro’s operations will be completely offset.

A pair of bidders are competing to build the project, with the contract expected to be rewarded around the middle of 2017.

A consortium of Ferrovial, Acciona and BAM, and a consortium of John Holland, CPB and Ghella were invited to tender for the contract in September.