NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has announced the start of the tender process to build almost 50km of railway tunnels for the Sydney Metro West project.
The government of NSW has called for expressions of interest for the first two big infrastructure packages of this project: the delivery of twin tunnels between Westmead and The Bays. The first tunnelling contract will cover the Westmead-Sydney Olympic Park section and the second the Sydney Olympic Park-The Bays section.
The aim is to have the first of four tunnel boring machines at work by the end of 2022.
“Now more than ever, infrastructure projects like Sydney Metro West support jobs, communities and the economy – Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs, with thousands of these being generated by these new tunnelling contracts.
“These contracts will require tunnellers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, concrete workers, truck drivers, labourers and security guards.”
Once operational, the Sydney Metro West line will double the rail capacity on the Parramatta-Sydney CBD corridor. Travel time between the two centres will be around 20 minutes.
“Sydney Metro West is a truly once-in-a-century city shaping project that will forever change how we get around Sydney.
“Just as importantly, the construction of this mega project will create many thousands of new jobs and support families across Sydney.”
The underground driverless metro will feature fully-air conditioned trains and stop at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays Precinct, and Sydney CBD. Stops at Pyrmont and Rydalmere are also being considered.
Sydney Metro West is part of the Sydney Metro network that also includes Sydney Metro Northwest, and Sydney Metro City & Southwest. The Sydney Metro West line is expected to open to the public by 2030.
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