TNSW – Sydney Metro Northwest – New South Wales - Project Profile

TNSW – Sydney Metro Northwest – New South Wales - Project Profile


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Transport for New South Wales (TNSW), through its executing agency RailCorp, is undertaking the construction of a Rail Link project in New South Wales, Australia.

The project involves the construction of a 23km rail line from Epping and Cudgegong Road with eight stations comprising Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Cudgegong Road, Rouse Hill and Kellyville station, and the upgrade of 13km rail line between Epping to Chatswood rail link with 5 stations.

The project also includes the construction of a 15km long twin tunnel and 5 stations, 4,000 commuter car parking spaces and supporting infrastructure between Bella Vista and Epping, and the installation of 22 metro trains.

The western section of the project will be constructed above ground, including a 4km long elevated structure between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill.

The area around the Skytrain will be utilized for the development of parks, community grounds, cycle ways and open space for local communities.

The tunnel is being bored using tunnel boring machine (TBM).

There will be three major contracts for the North West Rail Link project: Tunnel and Station Civil Works package (TSC), Surface and Viaduct Civil Works Package (SVC) Works and Operations, Trains and Systems package (OTS).

In May 2011, InfraSol Group was appointed to work as part of their in-house project management team to provide risk management, systems and controls and constructability reviews.

Sinclair Knight Merz has been appointed as the feasibility study contractor, Turner & Townsend as the cost consultant and Ernst & Young as the financial adviser to develop longer-term financial models, including cash flow and revenue predictions and assumptions for the project. Hassell has been appointed as master planner and to design stations.

In July 2011, a consortium of AECOM Australia, Cox Architects, Grimshaw Architects and Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed to provide engineering, rail systems, and architectural services for the project.

In August 2011, Coffey Geotechnics appointed as the geotechnical consultant for concept design stage of the project and in September 2011, Geotechnical drilling works commenced.

In September 2011, Aurecon awarded a Transportation and Land Planning Consultant role to coordinate and expedite integrated transport and land use planning for the project. As part of an integrated project team, Aurecon prepared transport strategies and preliminary impact assessments for the operational and construction phases.

In December 2011, the planning process for the project commenced and two major environmental impact statements (EIS) for the North West Rail Link were proposed to be lodged in 2012 and to go on public exhibition.

In June 2012, TNSW issued expressions of interest (EOI) to build 15km twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping. This is a multi-billion-dollar contract – one of three major contracts to build and operate the North West Rail Link.

On July 30, 2012, a submission report lodged by TNSW with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure was a state significant infrastructure application, signalling the start of the planning process for the second EIS.

On August 24, 2012, Infrastructure and construction group, Lend Lease's subsidiary Baulderstone was appointed as the management contractor to undertake the component of the early work of the project. The scope of the contract covers relocation of services and utilities; site readiness and demolition works and the provision of HV electrical supply for the main works.

In September 2012, three consortia were shortlisted for the construction of a tunnel between Bella Vista and Epping namely Baulderstone Bouygues Travaux Publics Joint Venture (JV); Rapidlink Joint Venture (Obayashi, McConnell Dowell, Laing O’Rourke Australia); and Thiess John Holland Dragados Joint Venture.

In October 2012, Australian state government of New South Wales (NSW) granted construction approval for the project.

In October 2012, EOI was issued for SVC works package with a submission deadline as on December 19, 2012. The SVC package will be delivered by Design and Build model.

The consortia which responded for EOI are Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd; Impregilo SpA (in Consortia with Impregilo Salini JV); Salini Australia Pty Ltd (in Consortia with Impregilo SpA); Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd (in Consortia with Leighton Rizzani De Eccher JV); and Rizzani De Eccher Australia Pty Ltd (in Consortia with Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd).

On December 4, 2012, an expression of interest (EOI) was issued for OTS package with a submission deadline as on February 14, 2013.

In March 2013, three companies were shortlisted for SVC package. They are Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd; Impregilo Salini Joint Venture (Impregilo SpA, Salini Australia Pty Ltd); and Leighton Rizzani De Eccher Joint Venture (Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, Rizzani De Eccher Australia Pty Ltd).

In April 2013, request for proposal (RFP) for SVC package was issued.

In May 2013, two consortia Northwest Rapid Transit and TransForm were shortlisted for OTS package. The scope of winning contract includes design and delivery of rolling stock along with signalling and control systems.

On May 23, 2013, EOI was issued for the Independent Certifier Services for the SVC package with a submission deadline as on June 20, 2013.

On June 24, 2013, the construction contract was awarded to the JV of Thiess, John Holland and Dragados s.a. (TJHD) for the US$1,059 million TSC works package including the construction of 15.5km twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping and also the excavation and civil works at five of the eight train stations and two service facilities.

Hyder Consulting has been engaged by TJHD JV to undertake the detailed design of the excavations, surface civil works, and the shafts. Elton Consulting has been appointed to provide community relations, engagement, and communications planning services to the project.

In July 2013, Jacobs Engineering Group was appointed as contract delivery manager for TSC and SVC packages. The scope of the contract involves delivery services for 23km of a rail line, including 15.5km of twin tunnel and 7.5km of surface and viaduct works, plus the civil works for eight stations.

In October 2013, Network Rail Consulting was appointed to provide independent safety assessment and advisory services for the project.

On December 17, 2013, Impregilo and Salini joint venture was awarded US$304 million design-build contracts for the SVC package. The scope of the contract covers the construction of 4km elevated Skytrain including a 270m cable-stayed bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill. The work package of SVC also includes the undertaking of early investigative works along Windsor Road from Sanctuary Drive to White Hart Drive was awarded to ISJV. SMEC appointed as the principal designer for SVC package.

In December 2013, Hyder Consulting, in association with APP Corporation, was appointed by TNSW as independent certifier (IC) to the SVC package.

The Hyder/APP team as Independent Certifier and will independently verify and certify in accordance with the Independent Certifier Deed that the SVC Contractor is complying with the requirements of the SVC

Project Deed; and make determinations on matters as expressly required by the SVC Project Deed.

In December 2013, the following three consortia have submitted bids for OTS package:

    1. Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium comprises MTR Corporation Australia (MTR), John Holland, Leighton Contractors (CPB Contractors Pty Ltd), UGL Rail Services (UGL) (Four-way joint venture) and Plenary Group.

    2. TransForm – Serco Australia, Bombardier Transportation Australia, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), John Laing Investments, Macquarie Capital Group.

    3. The Pulse Consortium – Keolis Australia, Downer EDI, Obrascon Huarte Lain, Ansaldo STS Australia, Mitsubishi Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

    In January 2014, Kenny Constructions was awarded the contract to complete the concrete structures for the precast facility at the Bella Vista Station.

    On June 24, 2014, NRT consortium was selected as preferred operator for OTS package. The scope of contract covers the construction of eight new railway stations; 4,000 commuter car parking spaces; supplying the new generation rapid transit single deck trains; building and operating the Tallawong stabling and maintenance facility; installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems; converting the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link for the new rapid transit system; operating the North West Rail Link – including all maintenance work.

    On June 27, 2014, Hill International (Hill) was awarded a contract to provide delivery assurance services for OTS package.

    On July 7, 2014, TNSW appointed global management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend to provide management services for OTS package. The combined management function will provide the assurance framework for cost, risk, and program and establish the processes, systems, and tools for the effective contract administration.

    In August 2014, Hanson was awarded a US$20 million contract to supply more than 1,150 pre-cast concrete segments to build the SkyTrain. Alstom has been awarded trains supply contract.

    In September 2014, construction works on the tunnel commenced, and the project achieved financial closure.

    On September 15, 2014, NRT was awarded the US$3,162 million contract of Operations, Trains and Systems Public-Private Partnership contract for OTS package. The contract covers major parts of the design, construction, and financing of the project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the new line for a period of 15 years.

    MTR Corporation, John Holland, and UGL Rail Services will operate and maintain the rapid transit network upon completion; John Holland Group, Leighton Contractors, MTR and UGL Rail Services will deliver the infrastructure and rail systems; and Plenary Group will be the financial sponsor and capital arranger for the project.

    In January 2015, Allens was appointed as legal adviser for the project.

    In the fourth quarter of 2015, MCS Digital and Teltronic (a subsidiary of the Sepura Group), were awarded the contract to integrate a radio communications system for the project.

    In January 2016, construction work on the tunnel between Epping and Bella Vista completed.

    On June 21, 2016, the project secured US$4,286 million from the NSW government over the next four years. Civmec had been secured several contracts by NRT Infrastructure (NRTIJV). The scope of work covers pre cast supply, FRP and structural steel for the project.

    As of August 2017, construction activities are underway. The project is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2019.


    The project involves the construction of a 23km rail link between Epping and Cudgegong Road at Rouse Hill in North West Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

    The US$6,162 million project includes the following:

    1. Construction of 15km long twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping

    2. Construction of 8km viaduct and other at-grade works including a 4km Skytrain

    3. Construction of 270m cable-stayed bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill

    4. Construction of eight stations

    5. Construction of ventilation shafts

    6. Construction of 4,000 commuter car parking spaces

    7. Construction of related infrastructure

    8. Installation of electrical systems

    9. Installation of signalling systems

    10. Installation of safety systems

    11. Upgrade of 13km rail link between Epping to Chatswood rail link with 5 stations between them
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