The New South Wales Government has awarded a $240 million contract for major railway work, including upgrading Sydenham Station as part of Sydney Metro.

John Holland and Laing O’Rourke have been awarded the contract that involves upgrading Sydenham Station to be able to operate as part of the new Metro, including signalling works, utility relocations and train control systems installation.

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
  • 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
  • Improved interchange for bus customers

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.

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.

This is the second major contract to be awarded for the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project, which is stage two of Sydney Metro. The $2.81 billion contract to build the 15.5km twin railway tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham, and six new stations announced in June 2017.

John Holland Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said John Holland looked forward to continuing its partnership with the New South Wales Government to deliver its vision of a transformational Metro system for the community.

“The Sydenham upgrade project will help support economic and social development in Sydney, and improve the ease with which people move around in their day-to-day lives. We have already been chosen to work with the Government on the new harbour rail crossing for Sydney Metro City and Southwest,” Mr Barr said.

“More than 100 people will be employed on the project, creating jobs and opportunities on the southern fringe of Sydney’s CBD.”

Laing O’Rourke Australia Hub Managing Director, Cathal O’Rourke, said the company has a long and proud history of delivering major rail infrastructure projects in New South Wales and across Australia.

“We are currently engaged on a number of projects across the Sydney Trains network, all of which are delivering an improved experience for commuters,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“This city-shaping project is a critical part of the transformation of the overall Sydney Metro project, and the key meeting point of the new Sydney Metro and existing Sydney Trains networks.”

Work is scheduled to begin at Sydenham in 2018.

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