NEW South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last week announced the contract for design and construction of the Inner West Light Rail Extension has been awarded.
Following a competitive tendering process, John Holland has been contracted to build the extension, with early work to begin as soon as next month. John Holland will be responsible for the detailed design and construction of the main infrastructure elements of the light rail extension.
The contract includes the delivery of nine new light rail stations, the power and signalling systems and bridge works, which form part of the $176 million Inner West Light Rail extension.
"This is great news for the communities of the Inner West who can look forward to a new transport option in 2014," the Premier said.
"Along with the South West and North West rail links, the NSW Government is on the fast track to delivering additional heavy and light rail lines for Sydneysiders."
Ms Berejiklian said there will be workers on the tracks as early as next month as they begin to establish worksites and start on preparatory works such as geotechnical investigations.
Concurrently with these early works, John Holland will immediately get started on their detailed design work for the stops and other light rail infrastructure.
Ms Berejiklian said the local community will see the results of the design work later this year during a consultation period.
"In the next phase of consultation, we will seek feedback from the community on the detailed design of the stations and the streetscape elements surrounding each stop to ensure the project benefits from local knowledge," Ms Berejiklian said.
The 5.6 kilometre Inner West Light Rail Extension will extend the Lilyfield line to Dulwich Hill with new stations at Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill Interchange. The service is expected to be operational in 2014.