More Sydney Metro works to get underway following new contract awards

Monica Gameng   |   February 12, 2021
Hurlstone Park Station (cr: Sydney Metro)

New South Wales’ Sydney Metro development will be seeing more works get underway in the Southwest as Sydney Metro awards two contracts for upgrades to the Bankstown Line as well as for several stations in the region. 

The first contract is valued at $227 million and has been awarded to the John Holland and Laing O’Rourke joint venture. 

Under this contract, the joint venture will be delivering upgrades to the 125-year-old Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown to bring it up to metro rail standards. 

Work will include: 

  • Upgrading 15 bridges that cross over or under the railway, including the installation of safety screens 
  • Civil construction including work on retaining walls, culverts and track drainage 
  • Fencing along the rail corridor and the segregation of the existing freight line from the new driverless railway tracks 
  • Rail systems work including new track crossovers, upgrading and refurbishing overhead wiring and work to support signalling and communication equipment 
  • Utility modifications 

“When complete, customers will be able to enjoy more services, safer stations and a world-class level of customer service,” John Holland Executive General Manager Rail Steve Butcher said. 

“We are proud to be entrusted with this key upgrade project for Sydney Metro, building on the great work completed by our teams on Sydney Metro Northwest, the City & Southwest under-harbour tunnels, and the Sydenham Station and Junction project,” John Holland Executive General Manager Infrastructure Andrew English said. 

The upgraded Bankstown Line is due to be up and running in 2024. 

The second contract – valued at $98 million – has been awarded to Downer EDI Works for upgrades to the Hurlstone Park, Belmore and Wiley Park stations, taking these stations up to metro rail standards. 

Works will include: 

  • Upgrading and re-levelling of existing platforms to provide level access to the new fully-air conditioned metro trains – no more step into the train for customers 
  • New lifts at Hurlstone Park and Wiley Park stations connecting existing concourses to platform level 
  • New family accessible toilets at Hurlstone Park and Wiley Park stations 
  • New service buildings and cabling for the new rail systems 
  • Upgrades to stations like painting, improved lighting, tiling and paving 
  • Upgrades to security fencing adjacent to each station, including installation of anti-throw screens to existing overbridges adjacent to each station 
  • Improvements to interchanges including bike parking, taxi spaces, kiss and ride and accessible parking 

In addition, the stations will be prepared for the installation of platform screen doors – glass safety barriers that will keep commuters as well as objects such as prams away from the tracks. This is the first time such barriers are used in Australia on Sydney Metro. 

Source: Sydney Metro; John HollandRail Express; Railway Technology 

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