Sydney Metro secures approval for tunnelling work


Sydney Metro has secured approval for carrying out tunnelling work between The Bays and Sydney CBD, the final tunnel section of the new 24km Sydney Metro West project that is expected to double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD in Australia.

New South Wales Planning and Homes Minister Anthony Roberts said the approval has been given to deliver 3.5km twin tunnels from The Bays into the CBD, under Johnstons Bay and Darling Harbour, besides excavating Pyrmont and Hunter Street stations.

Roberts added: “Two major tunnelling contracts have been awarded for tunnelling between Westmead and The Bays.

“Starting at The Bays, tunnel boring machines will cross under the harbour, alongside Anzac Bridge, before heading to the new Pyrmont Station, then under Darling Harbour before reaching Hunter Street Station in the Sydney CBD.”

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said: “Sydney Metro West will significantly cut crowding on three major train lines, take tens of thousands of cars off the roads every day and support the creation of 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs in western Sydney.”

Three consortia have been by Sydney Metro to carry out the third and final tunnelling section between The Bays and Sydney CBD.

This tunnelling package is anticipated to be awarded later this year.

Construction on Sydney Metro West commenced in 2020, with the project on track to be completed by the end of this decade.

Following completion, Sydney will have a network of four metro lines, 46 stations and 113km of new metro rail.
Image: The tunnelling package is anticipated to be awarded later this year. Credit: Peter H from Pixabay.

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