10 May 2024
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Rail upgrades to support the opening of Sydney Metro City & Southwest line

A joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke welcomes the announcement of its second Sydney Metro contract along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor, which will upgrade the Bankstown Station precinct.

The Southwest Metro Conversion and Station Works package also includes upgrades to nine other Metro stations, as well as the final conversion works for 13 kilometres of the almost 130-year-old T3 Bankstown Line to metro standards.

John Holland’s Executive General Manager – Rail and Transport, Steve Butcher, said this latest package supports the future of public transport in Sydney.

“This builds on the incredible work of our Joint Venture project team to modernise and futureproof the rail line between Sydenham and Bankstown,” Mr Butcher said.

Laing O’Rourke’s Acting Managing Director, Mark Dimmock, said it was an exciting opportunity to bring world-class metro services to communities in Sydney’s Inner West and South West.

“We’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Sydney Metro delivering complex rail projects – with our teams working tirelessly to improve the rail network over the last six years. This sets up an exciting future for public transport,” Mr Dimmock said. 

The major works to be delivered along the 13-kilometre alignment from Marrickville to Bankstown include:

  • Significant upgrades at Bankstown – construction of a new metro station; modifying and building new infrastructure and systems to allow for continued Sydney Trains operations at Bankstown Station when metro services commence; and precinct work for a new cross corridor plaza between The Appian Way and Restwell Street. 
  • Completion works to convert nine stations to metro standards including the installation of wayfinding and upgrades to station buildings and structures. 
  • Completion of overhead wiring and final track alignment work. 

The project leverages the combined and multi-disciplinary rail expertise of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke, which has played a key role in the delivery of rail improvements between Sydenham and Bankstown since 2018, including the Sydenham Station and Junction works.

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