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Roads Australia Insider - 28 August 2020


Sydney Metro West a step closer as tunnelling consortia shortlisted

Construction of the Sydney Metro West from Greater Parramatta to the CBD is another step closer, with the NSW Government this week shortlisting three consortia to deliver the mega project’s first two major tunnelling packages.

The three consortia are:

  • John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia Joint Venture (JHCPBG JV);
  • Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Australia Joint Venture (GALC JV); and
  • Acciona Australia and Ferrovial Australia Joint Venture (AF JV)

They will firstly participate in the Central Tunnelling Package, with the successful tenderer awarded a contract to build 11-kilometres of twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.

The remaining two tenderers will then bid for the Western Tunnelling Package, with the successful tenderer awarded a contract to build nine-kilometres of twin tunnels from Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park.

Transport for NSW says the successful tenderer for the Central Tunnelling Package will not be eligible to be awarded the Western Tunnelling Package - a decision it says will drive greater competition in the delivery of Australian tunnelling infrastructure.

Subject to planning approval, work on the project is expected to start in The Bays later this year, with the first of four mega tunnel boring machines expected to be in the ground before the end of 2022.


 Swan River crossing at Freo reaches new milestone

The WA Government is seeking proposals from industry to develop, design and construct a new Swan River Crossing in Fremantle.

The $230 million, jointly funded project will replace the deteriorated Fremantle Traffic Bridge with two new crossings that will meet future needs for road, rail, walking, cycling and boating.

Main Roads WA is seeking an alliance contract, which will include a focus on heritage and architectural feedback received through the ongoing community consultation process.

The contract is anticipated to be awarded in early 2021, with construction commencing later in the year.


National Freight Data Hub Options Paper released for comment

The Federal Government is seeking industry feedback on an Options Paper for the National Freight Data Hub, released this week.

The Government says the release of the Paper marks the next step in improving national freight data to help businesses and governments make better operational and investment decisions.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz says the Hub’s full design and business case will link in with the industry feedback.

“This is an opportunity for Australia to pioneer the journey towards freight data transparency and exchange," he says.

Submissions on the National Freight Data Hub Options Paper close on Friday September 11.


EoI's sought for design and construction of commuter car parks in Sydney

The NSW Government is fast tracking the delivery of new commuter car parks for public transport customers as part of its $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund, and is seeking Expressions of Interest from contractors by September 4.

To be delivered under D&C contracts, the new car parks will be a combination of multi-storey and single level facilities at locations across Greater Sydney, including West Ryde, Emu Plains, Schofields, Revesby, Riverwood, North Rocks, Beverley Hills, Engadine and Hornsby.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said this week around 8,000 car spaces would be available across all of the chosen locations, with final numbers confirmed following site investigations and early planning.

“The new carparks will not only benefit the community by making it easier to catch public transport, but the projects will employ around 1,000 people per day across all of the sites in engineering, construction and administration roles,” he added.


Sydney Gateway assessment fast-tracked; due next month

An assessment decision on the Sydney Gateway is expected next month as part of the latest tranche of projects fast-tracked under the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program.

Tranche Five includes 10 projects that, if approved, will deliver more than $3 billion in economic value and create opportunities for more than 2,700 jobs. 

The long-awaited Sydney Gateway is a new direct high capacity road connection linking WestConnex to Sydney Airport and surrounds. It will provide improved freight access to Port Botany, offering transport, access and economic benefits for Sydney Airport, Port Botany and local businesses.

Three short-listed bidders are currently sweating on planning approval so the contract can be awarded.

In addition to the Gateway project, the latest tranche also includes the new Aerotropolis State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), which will unlock rezonings for five new employment and environmental precincts around the new Western Sydney Airport including the Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Northern Gateway and Agribusiness and Wianamatta-South Creek.

Determinations on all Tranche Five projects is expected by Friday September 11.

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