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Southwest metro contract awarded

Metro services for communities in Sydney’s southwest are one step closer with a joint venture between John Holland Pty Ltd and Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd to deliver the final package of works to convert the almost 130-year-old T3 Bankstown Line to modern metro standards.

The major works to be delivered along the 13-kilometre alignment from Marrickville to Bankstown include:

· Significant upgrades at Bankstown – construction of a new metro station; modifying and building new infrastructure and systems to allow for continued Sydney Trains operations at Bankstown Station when metro services commence; and precinct work for a new cross corridor plaza between The Appian Way and Restwell Street

· Completion works to convert nine stations to metro standards including the installation of wayfinding and upgrades to station buildings and structures

· Completion of overhead wiring and final track alignment work.

Upgrade works are continuing on the T3 Bankstown Line with crews working around the clock during a recent 12-day school holiday closure to deliver the first mechanical gap fillers external site at Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Canterbury and Campsie stations –89 of the total 170 mechanical gap fillers were installed.

Major works were also undertaken to construct the new metro platforms at Bankstown, having installed the structural steel and precast panels, and completing a concrete pour crucial to the platform’s overall structure.

These works mark some of the major preparations needed before the final 12-month shutdown of the line starting later this year, set to take place after the launch of City metro services between Chatswood and Sydenham.

Southwest commuters are already benefiting from metro upgrade works to their stations external site and when metro services are extended from Sydenham to Bankstown, commuters will have access to fast and reliable public transport with record travel times with a train arriving every four minutes in the peak.

For more information about the Southwest Metro upgrades, visit the website.