Engineering, Passenger Rail, Safety, Standards & Regulation

John Holland to upgrade four Sydney stations

Blacktown Railway Station. Photo: Creative Commons / Abesty

Engineering contractor John Holland has won a $50 million contract to upgrade train stations at Pendle Hill, Wentworthville, Croydon and Blacktown in Sydney.

John Holland said on Thursday that Transport for NSW had awarded it a contract for work designed to make the stations more accessible.

Work across the four sites includes the relocation of railway systems and services, the removal of an existing footbridge and the refurbishment of existing heritage structures.

Three of the four sites will get new lifts under the contract, which also includes the construction of new pedestrian overpasses, the provision of sheltered bicycle racks, and the relocation of an existing memorial and memorial fountain at one station.

John Holland’s executive general manager for infrastructure Jim Salmon said the work will be a significant improvement for local communities.

“The station upgrades will be welcomed in particular by those members of the community that are unable to use stairs, which are still the only means of access to a large number of station platforms in Sydney,” Salmon said. “It’s exciting to be part of such a positive upgrade and to continue our long association with TfNSW.”

Construction is scheduled to kick off later this year.

John Holland was sold by Leighton Contractors in December 2014 to China Communications Construction for $1.15 billion. The sale was granted final approval by the Federal Government in April this year.