Bankstown Line upgrade

A $45 million contract has been awarded to a joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke to start early construction work at Bankstown Station in Sydney.

Construction work will begin immediately to deliver a new services building, install new Sydney Metro rail systems and communication equipment and convert current Sydney Trains equipment to metro standards.

Following these early works, a separate Bankstown Main Works contract will be awarded to modify Bankstown Station for Sydney Trains services and to get it ready for metro services.

The design will ensure an easy interchange for customers transferring between Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains services.

TfNSW opens consultation on west of Bankstown services

Options for services west of Bankstown once Sydney Metro City & Southwest are now subject to community feedback.

Transport for NSW is seeking community input on how services will run from hubs such as Liverpool, Lidcombe, and Bankstown.

TfNSW has already indicated that it would prefer for an option where services would run from Liverpool via Regents Park and Lidcombe to the city, and a shuttle train from Bankstown via Yagoona and Birrong to Lidcombe.

Passengers travelling from Bankstown to Liverpool would need to change at Regents Park.

Other options would have services travelling on a distinct network from Lidcombe and Liverpool to Bankstown, without the ability to travel on one train from Liverpool, via Regents Park, to the city. A final option would introduce a shuttle train between Liverpool and Bankstown and a train from Bankstown to the city, via Lidcome and the Inner West.

“While initial planning has identified a preferred option that we think provides the best outcomes for customers, we are keen to hear from the community about the proposed changes and options considered,” said a TfNSW spokesperson.

“This will help us develop a broader public transport solution for customers, complementing the new Sydney Metro services available.”

The chosen service will come into effect once the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line opens in 2024.

Community group Restore Inner West Line has supported TfNSW’s suggested option

Inquiry into Sydenham to Bankstown conversion released

The New South Wales upper house Transport and Customer Service Committee has delivered its report into the conversion of the Sydenham to Bankstown line from heavy rail to metro.

The conversion is part of the Sydney Metro CBD and South West project and will involve heavy rail services terminating at Bankstown and driverless metro services running from the city to Bankstown, via Sydenham.

The inquiry has found that the conversion should not proceed, and that the Sydney Metro CBD and South West project should not proceed beyond at Sydenham, where new tunnels meet the existing rail network.

Abigail Boyd, chair of the Committee and NSW Greens Spokesperson for Transport & Infrastructure said that the full business case should be released.

“The case for the South West Metro project has not been made out. If the government was confident that the project would stand up to scrutiny, they would have released the full business case long ago.”

The NSW government has only released a summary business case for the project and the Committee found that the government and its partners had not been able to make the case for the project.

A spokesperson for Sydney Metro said that the project is well underway and consultation has been ongoing since 2011.

“Following feedback, significant changes have been made to the Bankstown Line metro upgrade, including reduced closures during construction and retaining the heritage character of stations.”

Boyd recommended that other rail projects be funded instead of the conversion, including digital signalling upgrades.

“The South West Metro must terminate at Sydenham, with the billions saved being redirected into funding new rail links to communities in Sydney that currently have none,” said Boyd.

In a dissenting statement the Liberal and National party members of the committee stated that the NSW government would deliver the South West component of the metro project as well as upgrade trains and infrastructure on the Sydney Trains network.

Last concrete segments for Sydney Metro completed

The final pre-cast concrete segment has been built for the Sydney Metro railway tunnels.

Manufacturers in a factory next to the rail-line in Marrickville, the concrete walls of the railway tunnels have been delivered to tunnel portals beginning in Chatswood and extending under North Sydney, via Barangaroo and the CBD, on to Waterloo and then exiting in Sydenham.

The final part is one of 100,000 pieces of concrete that will secure the twin metro tunnels.

Each tunnel ring is made up of six segments, and a seventh segment, known as a keystone, is added for the under-harbour section of the tunnels.

The purpose-built factory produced one four-tonne segment every six minutes and employed 140 people.

The tunnels run for 15.5km and were carved out of the stone beneath Sydney by five tunnel boring machines.

39,600 segments were trucked over the Sydney Harbour bridge to be installed north of the harbour.

In total, 358,920 tonnes of concrete were used.

In December 2019 the first tunnel underneath Sydney harbour was completed, and four tunnel borers were removed in February 2020, with tunnel boring machine Kathleen completed the final railway tunnel under Sydney harbour. Completion of the metro line to Bankstown is expected in 2024.

Three major contractors shortlisted for Sydney Metro upgrade

Sydney Metro has shortlisted three companies to supply customer access technology on the Bankstown line.

The shortlisted contractors will install mechanical gap fillers and platform screen doors as part of the Sydney Metro upgrade of the 10 stations between Marrickville and Bankstown.

The three shortlisted companies are Gilgen Door Systems AG, Hyundai Movex Co. Ltd, and Kyosan Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

The next step of the procurement process will be to test the technology put forward by the three companies for Australian conditions.

Once the customer access technology is installed the stations will be fully accessible when metro rail services start in 2024.

All Sydney Metro stations will have platform screen doors which keep people and objects like prams away from the tracks, and also allow trains to get in and out of stations much faster. 

The new platforms will be level with the updated metro trains, not requiring passengers to step-up into the train.