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Tenders open for Sydney Metro: Tunnel & Station Excavation Works


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Posted by Sophia Rostron

The Australian Government is calling for tenders for the second stage of the Sydney Metro Project, which involves building the twin metro railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and through the CBD.

Screen_Shot_2016-04-21_at_4.05.18_pm.pngMinister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the government would work with industry to deliver Australia’s biggest public transport project, with the tunnelling contract expected to be awarded mid-2017.

“It’s full steam ahead on Sydney Metro. We’ve now taken the next step and opened expressions of interest for tunnelling, asking industry to partner with us in delivering this city-shaping project,” Mr Constance said.

“The first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham, as we get on with the job of opening Sydney Metro City & Southwest by 2024.”

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The Sydney Metro CIty & Southwest Project

Sydney Metro has two core components:

Stage 1: Sydney Metro Northwest – formerly the 36km North West Rail Link. This project is now under construction and will open in the first half of 2019 with a metro train every four minutes in the peak; and

Stage 2: Sydney Metro City & Southwest – a new 30km metro line extending metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and southwest to Bankstown. It is due to open in 2024 with the capacity to run a metro train every two minutes each way through the centre of Sydney.

The NSW Government has identified both stages of Sydney Metro as priority projects. The Stage 2 Sydney Metro City & Southwest is expected to open in 2024 and will be delivered through two components:

Chatswood to Sydenham - new 15.5 kilometre twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham;

Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade - upgrade of 13.5 kilometre rail line and conversion of all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown to metro standards.


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Tunnel and Station Excavation Works Package - Invitation for Expression of Interest

This Invitation for Expression of Interest deals with the first component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest, which is for a Tunnel and Station Excavation (“TSE”) Works package. Additional information on the project is available on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project website at Sydney Metro

The Tunnel & Station Excavation (“TSE”) Works for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project comprises new 15.5 kilometre twin tunnels from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, under Sydney’s CBD and through to Sydenham.


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Transport for NSW intends to deliver the TSE Works under a fixed price lump sum design and construct contract for the demolition and site preparation, tunnel boring and lining and excavation of stations between Chatswood and Sydenham. The TSE Works will be a single contract that includes all tunnelling from Chatswood to Sydenham, including the sections of tunnel beneath the harbour. 

Registrations are now open for suitably experienced and qualified relevant entities to participate in the TSE Works EOI process. The registration period closes on 31 May 2016. 

Relevant entities may include:

  • major tunnelling design and construction contractors;
  • major civil engineering design and construction contractors;
  • major structural design and construction contractors; and
  • others who in the opinion of the Project team should be registered for the EOI process

To learn more about registering, check out the tender advertisement here

How to connect with local suppliers

Whether specifically weighted in the tender or simply part of desirable criteria, all Government projects favour the use of local suppliers. To help get you started, here are some quick links to Sydney plant hire suppliers

Sophia Rostron

Sophia Rostron

As the Content editor at plantminer.com.au, Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.