The NSW Government has awarded Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture (AFJV) the contract to design and construct the Sydney Metro West – Central Tunnelling Package, including twin 11kilometre metro railway tunnels and excavation and civil works for five new stations at The Bays, Five Dock, Burwood North, North Strathfield and Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Metro West is a new 24-kilometre underground metro line that will also have stations at Westmead, Parramatta, Pyrmont and Hunter Street in the Sydney CBD.
It will double rail capacity between Greater Sydney and the Sydney CBD, providing an expected 20-minute commute from Parramatta to the city.
The joint venture is working with ICN NSW to identify local capacity for the $1.96 billion project, with tunneling work delivered under three packages:
- Western Tunnelling Package (Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park)
- Central Tunnelling Package (Sydney Olympic Park to The Bays)
- Eastern Tunnelling Package (The Bays to Sydney CBD).
As well as the tunnels and stations, the AFJV contract also includes:
- Two double-shield, hard rock tunnel boring machines (TBMs)
- A crossover cavern at Burwood North and a precast facility at Eastern Creek
- More than 70,000 concrete segments to line the twin tunnels
- Two access shafts at Burwood North and The Bays.
In late October, AFJV took delivery of the TBMs, which will be used to excavate an average of 200m a week. With round-the-clock shifts, around 15 staff will operate each TBMs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tunnelling is due to start from The Bays in the first half of 2023, arriving in Sydney Olympic Park in late 2024.
Sydney Metro West is due to open in 2030.
The joint venture is using ICN Gateway to call for expressions of interest in a wide range of work packages and is particularly interested in engaging with Indigenous-owned businesses.
For more information, or to lodge an expression of interested, go to the Sydney Metro West – Central Tunnelling Package Gateway page