The state government of New South Wales has called expressions of interest for the construction of 50km of new metro railway tunnels between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney’s Central Business District on the Sydney Metro West project.

Expressions of interest have been sought for the mega project’s first two major infrastructure packages, to deliver the twin tunnels between Westmead and The Bays.

The first package will run from Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park and the second package will run from Sydney Olympic Park to The Bays.

The first of four mega tunnel boring machines are expected to begin operations before the end of 2022.

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said: “Now more than ever, infrastructure projects like Sydney Metro West support jobs, communities and the economy – Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs, with thousands of these jobs being generated by these new tunnelling contracts.”

“These contracts will require tunnellers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, concrete workers, truck drivers, labourers and security guards.”

The project is expected to double the rail capacity of the Parramatta to Sydney CBD corridor while keeping a target of travel time between the two within 20 minutes.

The metro project will support in connecting Western Sydney and reduce the reliance on traditional commuting to and from major employment centres.

Constance continued saying: “Sydney Metro West is a truly once-in-a-century city shaping project that will forever change how we get around Sydney.”

“Just as importantly, the construction of this mega project will create many thousands of new jobs and support families across Sydney.”

Already the metro services are connecting people between the City’s North West and Chatswood. In 2024, the metro will extend under Sydney Harbour, through to new stations in the CBD and beyond to Bankstown in the south-west.


Image: A tunnel boring machine. (Credit: Transport for NSW.)