A $1.63 billion contract to deliver the final stage of tunnelling on the mega Sydney Metro West project has been awarded to a joint venture comprised of RA members.
The John Holland Pty Ltd, CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors Pty Ltd (CPB) & Ghella Pty Ltd joint venture (JCG JV) will deliver 3.5 kilometes of twin rail tunnels between They Bays and Sydney CBD. The package of works also includes the excavation of Pyrmont and Hunter Street stations.
Starting at The Bays, tunnel boring machines will cross the harbour near the Anzac Bridge, before heading to the new Pyrmont Station and then under Darling Harbour before reaching Hunter Street Station in the heart of the CBD. Sydney Metro West will be city-changing, doubling rail capacity between greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, with a target travel time of about 20 minutes between the two centres.
John Holland CEO Joe Barr said the company was proud to be leveraging its tunnelling expertise on another major project for Sydney. “Delivering complex, city-shaping transport projects that transform lives is in our DNA at John Holland. We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Sydney Metro to deliver the final tunnelling package for Sydney Metro West – which will transform public transport connections between the city’s major growth centres.”
CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria said: “CIMIC is pleased to have the opportunity to support social connectivity, economic growth and new opportunities in Western Sydney through the delivery of this city-shaping transport spine.”
Ghella’s Australian Managing Director, Marco Fontana, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the final stage of Sydney Metro West and look forward to working closely with Sydney Metro. This award is a testament to Ghella’s exceptional work, having recently completed the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project where we built the first rail tunnels beneath Sydney Harbour. We’re thrilled to be back again digging another under-harbour rail crossing.”