ClientTransport for NSW
Sydney Metro Northwest is stage 1 of the development of Sydney Metro, Australia’s largest current transport project.
This scheme comprised:
- establishment of Australia’s first metropolitan railway using state of the art driverless train technology
- track length spanning 28km of underground tunnel, 4km of viaduct and 4km of at grade track
- 8 new stations and augmentation of 5 existing stations along with a rail maintenance facility
- augmentation and integration of the existing Epping to Chatswood Line
Scope of work
UGL’s package of works included:
- Systems JV (MTR/UGL) – Design and Build, Test and Commission of $1.3B package of works. This package includes the delivery of the trains, CBTC, controls and communications, low voltage power distribution and tunnel mechanical and electrical systems.
- Radio Communications subcontract to SJV – a D&C contract valued at approximately $70 million to provide wireless communication systems including radio rebroadcast and mobile phone rebroadcast.
- 20% shareholding in Metro Trains Sydney (MTS), the O&M contractor for the line.
Following completion of the design & construct contract in 2019, the railway is being operated and maintained for an initial concession period of 15 years by Metro Trains Sydney (MTS), a joint venture of UGL, MTR and John Holland. MTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Trains Australia (MTA).
The Sydney Metro Northwest project is Australia’s first driverless metro-style rail line and the introduction of this new technology requires innovation, such as:
- The client’s reference design envisaged eight-car EMU sets as is the normal practice in Sydney. NRT’s successful tender offered six-car sets for initial service, expandable to eight cars in the future when passenger loads justify the increase. This results in savings in energy, capital and O&M costs while maintaining the level of customer service.
- Working closely with Australia’s rail safety regulator to establish the safety case for Australia’s first driverless passenger railway.
- Incorporating a large solar array on maintenance building rooftops at the depot with information systems to inform the public about the quantities of locally-generated solar energy on a daily basis.
- The adoption of a cast-in sleeper system, which is new to Australia and will optimise both performance outcomes and capital cost.
- Australia’s first fully automated passenger railway
- NRT and TfNSW received the 2014 Government Partnership Excellence Award
- Achieved an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) rating of ‘Excellent’
- Projects Grand Prix, 2015 Partnerships Awards
- Best Transit Project, 2015 Partnerships Awards