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Approval by NSW government of plan for A$1.4 billion, 28km orbital railway with 80% in tunnel through north-western suburbs from Westmead under Paramatta and on surface to Carlingford and then underground to Epping and on to Chatswood. Intersections with three existing lines. Construction to commence end-1999 with completion in six years. Dec 1998.   Sydney railway plans include a $130 million eastern suburbs extension with 3 km tunnel from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach to open in 2002; an Epping to Castle Hill link planned for commissioning in 2010 which is currently the subject of detailed study and should include a 7 km tunnelled section; and an 11 km-long underground link from Hurstville to Strathfield on a north-south alignment to connect five existing railway lines. April 2000. Awaiting go-ahead for the A$1.4 billion, 28-km Parramatta-Chatswood railway with more than 70% of the double track in tunnel with major underground stations at Parramatta and Carlingford, and platforms at Epping. Project completion by 2006. Visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au December 2000.  The New South Wales government awarded a A$850 million contract to a three-company consortium, the Thiess Hochtief Alstom Group, to build the 14 km Chatswood to Epping rail line. The underground line is a section of the Parramatta Rail Link. The Group will be responsible for the design and construction of two tunnels, each 13 km-long, and four stations, and the design, construction and commissioning of track, signal, and communication works for each of the tunnels. Detailed design of the new rail link will commence immediately, construction will start in October this year, and completion is expected in 2007-2008. Bovis Lend Lease will oversee the initial tunnelling, track and station works. Visit www.raillink.nsw.gov.au/default.htm and www.thiess.com.au 27/02.Leica Geosystems' distributor C.R. Kennedy has been appointed sole supplier of surveying equipment for the Chatswood / Paramatta rail link tunnel. The equipment being supplied are top-of-the-range models from the Leica Geosystems Total Stations series, including TCA1101, TCRA1101 and TCA1800 units as well as the Leica DNA03 Precise Digital Level, all of which are being used to help guide the accuracy of the tunnelling between Chatswood and Epping. The main component of the Chatswood to Epping section will be 13 km of twin tunnels, expected to be completed in 2005. Visit www.leica-geosystems.com and www.crkennedy.com.au 04/04.


Six consortia, comprising more than 60 companies, have signalled their intention to bid for the contract to build the twin 15.5 km-long tunnels between Sydney suburbs Bella Vista and Epping as follows:

•Baulderstone Bouyges North West Rail Joint Venture: Baulderstone Pty Ltd, Bouyges Travaux Publics;

•China Rail 15th Group Australia Pty Ltd;

•Civilinc: Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd, Ghella Pty Ltd;

•OHL Impregilo: Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (OHL), Impregilo S.p.A

•RapidLink: Obayashi Corporation, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Australia), Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction;

•Thiess John Holland Dragados: Thiess Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd, Dragados Australia Pty Ltd.

The call for tenders is scheduled for October, 2012. These will be the longest and deepest rail tunnels in Australia. Click here and visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au. 34/12.


The three consortia Baulderstone Bouygues North West Rail JV, Rapidlink JV (Obayashi, McConnell Dowell, Laing O’Rourke Australia) and JV Thiess John Holland Dragados JV were short-listed to tender for the contract to build the twin 15.5 km-long tunnels between Sydney suburbs Bella Vista and Epping. The contract, which was tendered last month, should be awarded in the second half of 2013. These tunnels will be the deepest and longest rail tunnels ever built in Australia. Click here and visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au. 44/12.


The NSW Government awarded the EUR808.75 million (AUD1.15 billion) contract to build the North West Rail Link’s 15 km twin tunnels from Bella Vista to Epping to the JV Thiess (50 percent)/John Holland (25 percent)/Dragados (25 percent). The contract requires four double-shield, hard rock, gripper TBMs. Excavation and civil works for five new stations at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest and Bella Vista are included. The first TBM should be in the ground by end-2014, with completion of the tunnel contract expected in the first half of 2017. Visit http://northwestrail.com.au/document/show/290. 27/13.


The Northwest Rapid Transit consortium, composed of MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group has been selected as the preferred operator to deliver the North West Rail Link’s operations contract. The Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract includes building the eight brand new railway stations; delivering 4,000 commuter car parking spaces; supplying Sydney’s new generation, fully-automated rapid transit trains; building and operating the stabling and maintenance facility at Tallawong Road; installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems; upgrading and converting the railway between Epping to Chatswood to rapid transit status; and operating the North West Rail Link – including all maintenance work. Visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/major-milestones-reached-north-west-rail-link-preferred-operator-selected. 26/14.


Invitation for Expression of Interest, deadline 31.05.2016, for the tunnel & station excavation (TSE) works for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project comprising of 15.5 km twin tunnels from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, under Sydney’s CBD and through to Sydenham. The design and construction contract will include the demolition and site preparation, tunnel boring and lining and excavation of stations between Chatswood and Sydenham. Registration applications to participate in the TSE Works EOI process will close at 22.04.2016. Contact NSW Government, att.n Hilton Petters, tel +61 02 8265 8864, e-mail SydneyMetro.TSE@transport.nsw.gov.au. For further information visit https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=7C8D1DD5-FD60-3A95-A080254DFFF709C9. Ref.n.         TfNSW 2016/021. 16/16.


Two groups have been shortlisted to build the tunnels and stations under Sydney Harbour and through the Central Business District (CBD) for Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project: the Joint Venture composed by John Holland Pty Ltd, CPB Contractors Pty Ltd and Ghella Pty Ltd; the Joint Venture made up of Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd,  Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd and  BAM International Australia Pty Ltd.

The NSW Government expects to award the contract to build the tunnels around the middle of next year. The first of five TBMs will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels, stretching 15.5km, from Chatswood to Sydenham and more than 40m below the surface of Sydney Harbour. Sydney Metro & Southwest is expected to open by 2024. Click au/11 for tunnelbuilder  archive. Visit http://www.sydneymetro.info/article/city-southwest-tunnel-builders-shortlisted and https://www.nsw.gov.au/. Ref.n. TfNSW 2016/021. 32/16.


The three groups Lendlease Development Pty Ltd, John Holland Charter Hall JV and Dexus Funds Management Ltd have been shortlisted for the tender to build Victoria Cross Station in North Sydney and the building above the station – the first integrated station package to be shortlisted.

The NSW Government expects to award the contracts later this year.

Sydney Metro services start in the first half of 2019 on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, with metro rail to be extended in 2024 under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and beyond to Bankstown. Visit https://www.sydneymetro.info/article/groups-shortlisted-two-major-sydney-metro-contracts.



The three groups Lorth JV (a joint venture between Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd and John Holland Pty Ltd), Metconnect (a joint venture between Downer EDI Engineering Power Pty Ltd and RCR O’Donnell Griffin Pty Ltd) and Systems Connect (a joint venture between UGL Engineering Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd) have been shortlisted for the Metro line-wide works which includes laying tracks in the 15.5 km tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham, installing electrical systems including substations, constructing Sydney Metro Trains Facility South and converting the existing Bankstown Line to allow metro trains to run.

The NSW Government expects to award the contracts later this year.

Sydney Metro services start in the first half of 2019 on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, with metro rail to be extended in 2024 under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and beyond to Bankstown. Visit https://www.sydneymetro.info/article/groups-shortlisted-two-major-sydney-metro-contracts.



Laing O’Rourke secured the EUR599,31 million (AUD955 million) contract to build the new Sydney Metro underground platforms at Central Station and Central Walk, a key component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

Laing O’Rourke will deliver the project alongside global architecture firm Woods Bagot and its partner John McAslan + Partners, and with one of the world's leading design partnerships comprising GHD and Aurecon.

The Central contract includes the excavation and construction of the new underground Sydney Metro platforms at Central beneath platforms 13 and 14; Central Walk – a new 19 m wide underground concourse from Chalmers Street, connecting customers to suburban rail platforms, Sydney Metro platforms, the new light rail and buses.

Completion of the Central Walk and Central Station metro upgrade contract is expected in 2022, with Central Walk open to customers.

Once the Central contract is complete, work will continue along the 30km length of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project to lay tracks and fit out stations before services start in 2024. Visit https://www.sydneymetro.info and https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au and http://www.laingorourke.com. 11/18.


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