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Contracts awarded to upgrade rail infrastructure in Sydney, Australia [free access]

May 22, 2020

The state government of New South Wales (NSW) has awarded two contracts to upgrade the rail infrastructure under the More Trains, More Services programme. The estimated combined value of both the contracts is AUD600 million. Works are expected to commence by mid-2020 and are expected to be completed in late-2022.


Next Rail, a partnership between John Holland and Jacobs, has secured a contract to undertake improvement works between Central and Hurstville on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line, the T8 Airport Line, and the South Coast Line. The scope of work includes reconfiguration of track at the Sydney Terminal; extensions to platforms 9 and 10; execution of upgrade works at Erskineville and Hurstville crossovers; upgrade of the signalling system, overhead wiring, traction power, and the substation in the Airport tunnel; and upgrade of network power. On the South Coast Line, the platform lengths will be increased to accommodate 10-car trains. The works will also help increase the capacity on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line and on the T8 Airport line.


Transport for Tomorrow, an organisation established by Laing O’Rourke and KBR, has secured a contract to undertake the upgrade works of the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line as well as the South Coast Line. The works will help increase the frequency of service on both the lines as well as expand the passenger-carrying capacity by 3,600 passengers during the peak hours on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.


The More Trains, More Services programme is aimed at upgrading and improving the rail infrastructure in Sydney. It is being executed in stages. Further improvements will be delivered in 2024 to integrate the rail network with the Sydney Metro network. Over AUD4.30 billion has been invested in this programme.


(1 AUD [Australian Dollar] = 0.66 USD)