Engineering, Passenger Rail

NSW awards $240m Sydenham station deal

A joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke has taken out the contract to upgrade Sydenham Station for the next stage of the Sydney Metro project.

The $240 million Sydenham Metro Upgrade deal involves upgrading Sydenham Station to be able to operate as part of the new metro line, with work covering signalling, utility relocations and train control systems installation.

The contract is expected to commence in 2018.

Station platforms 1 and 2 will be upgraded to Sydney Metro standards, while existing platforms 3, 4, 5 and 6 will continue to be used by Sydney Trains.

When metro services begin at Sydenham in 2024, customers will have two new station entrances at Burrows Road and Railway Parade, a and new concourse over the station with lifts and stairs to each platform, including the two Sydney Metro platforms, leaving Sydenham with two concourses – one at each end of its platforms.

The project will also straighten the Sydney Metro platforms, and add platform screen doors.

The contract also includes the reconfiguration of existing track and rail systems to segregate the T3 Bankstown Line and the goods line, installation of metro tracks and rail systems including crossover and turnback facilities.

John Holland chief executive Joe Barr said the company was looking forward to continuing its partnership with the NSW Government in the major Metro initiative.

“The Sydenham upgrade project will help support economic and social development in Sydney, and improve the ease with which people move around in their day-to-day lives,” Barr said.

“We have already been chosen to work with the Government on the new harbour rail crossing for Sydney Metro City & Southwest.”

Barr said over 100 people would work on the Sydenham project.

Laing O’Rourke’s Australian managing director Cathal O’Rourke said the deal added to the company’s “proud history” of delivering major rail infrastructure projects in NSW and Australia.

“We are currently engaged on a number of projects across the Sydney Trains network, all of which are delivering an improved experience for commuters,” O’Rourke said.

“This city-shaping project is a critical part of the transformation of the overall Sydney Metro project, and the key meeting point of the new Sydney Metro and existing Sydney Trains networks.”


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    This Project Shows that the State Gvmnt has a Strong Commitment with the City of Sydney to Lite Rail.Its a Lot Money! YES, but Its Money Well Spent, Will B Interested to See how this Lite Rail Project Turns Out Once the Whole Project is Completed.