THE NSW Government last week announced the start of the tender process to build the new twin metro railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance made the announcement at an industry briefing in Chatswood, attended by more than 450 people from 250 Australian and international companies.
"It's full steam ahead on Sydney Metro. We've now taken the next step and opened expressions of interest for tunnelling, asking industry to partner with us in delivering this city-shaping project," Mr Constance said.
"The first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham, as we get on with the job of opening Sydney Metro City & Southwest by 2024.
"We finished tunnelling on Sydney Metro Northwest in January this year, with services on track to start in the first half of 2019 with a new metro train every four minutes in the peak."
Sydney Metro City & Southwest will extend metro rail from Sydney's North West, beneath Sydney Harbour, through new underground CBD stations, and beyond to Bankstown. The proposed new stations include:
- Crows Nest located on the western fringe of Crows Nest village with access to the station via the corner of Clarke Street and Hume Street, and the corner of Pacific Highway and Oxley Street;
- Victoria Cross located in the northern section of North Sydney's CBD. Access to the station would be via the eastern side of Miller Street between Berry Street and Mount Street;
- Barangaroo station will combine Sydney's world-class metro rail system with the city's new global business hub. It will be located at Barangaroo Central;
- Martin Place will be integrated with the existing suburban station underground between Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets. It will include a world-class subterranean rail interchange which means customers won't need to go to the surface to change trains;
- Pitt Street metro station will be located below Pitt and Castlereagh streets and north of Park St, servicing the southern CBD and the George St and Pitt St retail precincts; and
- An underground station at Central linking to existing intercity and suburban rail services.
Following an intense process of engagement and consultation with industry over the past six months, major procurement for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro is now moving forward with the tunnel and station excavation works.
"Sydney Metro isn't just a city-shaping project – this is a fully-funded state-building and nation-building infrastructure project being delivered right now," Mr Constance said.
"As we embark on the formal procurement process for Sydney Metro City & Southwest, this is a further opportunity for industry to work with the government in delivering a truly world-class piece of infrastructure."
The tunnelling contract is expected to be awarded mid next year.