First Sydney Metro train arrives31 Oct 17
Australia’s biggest public transport project is on track to revolutionise the way Sydney moves with the help of CPB Contractors, Australasia’s largest tunnelling contractor.
In June 2016, CPB Contractors officially completed tunnels and station civil works for the Sydney Metro Northwest project (Stage 1 of Sydney Metro) seven months ahead of program.
Now, CIMIC Group companies CPB Contractors, UGL, Pacific Partnerships and EIC Activities are celebrating the arrival of six carriages of the first metro train at the Sydney Metro Trains Facility in Rouse Hill for testing.
In two years, north west commuters will get a train every four minutes in each direction at peak times, a level of service never before seen in Australia. Services will extend into the CBD by 2024.
Sydney Metro will have an ultimate capacity of a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the city.
The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro, which will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia.
Sydney Metro Northwest includes eight new metro stations, five existing stations upgraded to metro standards and 4,000 new commuter car parking spaces.
Sydney Metro Northwest showcases the capabilities and strength of the CIMIC Group, with member companies CPB Contractors, UGL, Pacific Partnerships and EIC Activities playing key roles in its development, delivery and operations.
CPB Contractors, with joint venture partners John Holland and Dragados, was awarded the $1.15 billion contract in June 2013 to build the 15km twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping, as well as the civil works for the new stations and services facilities.
In June 2017, CPB Contractors, with joint venture partners John Holland and Ghella, was awarded a $2.81 billion contract to deliver twin 15.5km tunnels and associated civil works for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, including a new crossing deep under Sydney Harbour.
UGL, with joint venture partner MTR Corporation, is designing and delivering the tunnel systems, new metro trains, rail signalling and overall control systems. UGL will also deliver operations and maintenance of the service, with MTR Corporation and John Holland, over a 15-year period commencing in 2019.
Pacific Partnerships is an equity investor in the project’s operations, trains and systems PPP and EIC Activities supported the project with specialist engineering and technical advice.