A $240 million contract for major railway work at Sydenham as part of Sydney Metro – including the upgrade of Sydenham Station – has been awarded by the NSW Government to a partnership between John Holland Pty Ltd and Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd.
The contract includes major railway upgrade work to the existing rail system at Sydenham to allow for the introduction of the Sydney Metro system. It 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.
The main features of the upgraded Sydenham Station include:
- Two new station entrances at Burrows Road and Railway Parade;
- A new concourse over the station with lifts and stairs to each platform, including the two Sydney Metro platforms – this means there will be two concourses at Sydenham, one at each end of the platforms;
- Sydenham 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;
- Straightened metro platforms and platform screen doors on the Sydney Metro platforms to keep people and objects away from tracks and allows trains to get in and out of stations much faster;
- Easy interchange for passengers between Sydney Trains and Sydney Metro services; and
- Improved interchange for bus customers.
It is the second major contract to be awarded for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, which forms Stage 2 of Sydney Metro. The $2.81 billion contract to build the 15.5-kilometre twin railway tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham and six new stations was announced in June.
According to the government, due to the significant scale of the Sydney Metro project, the final contract value may vary due to ongoing fine-tuning and optimisation involving the five other major contracts, for which tenders have yet to be received.
The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project cost range has been set at $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion. The final project budget will be confirmed once all major contracts are awarded, following the same process used for the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest.
Major construction activity has already started in the CBD for the new Sydney Metro stations, and the first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground by the end of next year.
The planning process has also started on the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade, with the community invited to have their say as part of the project's Environmental Impact Statement.
Work is scheduled to begin at Sydenham in 2018.