Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project, will bring John Holland on board to deliver Sydney’s new harbour rail crossing in a $2.81 billion contract.
The Sydney Metro City & Southwest Tunnel and Station Excavation Works (TSE) contract includes twin 15.5km tunnels and civil works for six new metro stations with joint venture partners CPB Contractors and Ghella.
The tunnels will be excavated by five tunnel boring machines (TBMs) between Chatswood and Sydenham, including a specialised TBM to build the tunnels beneath Sydney Harbour.
The new stations will be built at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo.
John Holland Chief Executive Officer Joe Barr said the work was a crucial element in transport connection to meet the ever growing needs of the city“This iconic project will build the first ever rail tunnels under Sydney Harbour.
“This one-in-a-generation project will transform the rail network in Sydney, delivering a step-change in public transport capacity and customer experience, and it is a privilege to be trusted to build it," he said.
Mr Barr said John Holland had prepared a construction solution to address the challenges of intricate underground construction in the heart of the Sydney CBD.
With the use of barges on Sydney Harbour, the company would help minimise impacts on the road network at the Barangaroo and Blues Point work sites.
John Holland has also recently delivered the Sydney Metro Northwest Tunnels and Station Civil Works contract, and are currently working on the Operations, Trains and Systems contract.
"We are focussed on delivering a world-class project in partnership with Transport for NSW, with sustainable design, opportunities for local employment and a socially inclusive procurement strategy," John Holland Executive General Manager NSW/ACT Scott Olsen said.
Construction is scheduled to commence on the TSE Works in the coming weeks, with the contract expected to be completed in 2021.