The tendering process for the construction of the twin-bore tunnel beneath Sydney Harbour for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro has been formally launched.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest will extend the new high-capacity metro line from Chatswood in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, beneath Sydney Harbour and CBD and onto Bankstown.
Described as “Australia’s biggest public transport project”, the first phase of the scheme, Sydney Metro Northwest, is already well underway. This first stage will connect Rouse Hill – a north-western suburb of Sydney – with Chatswood.
Tunnelling work on this phase of project was completed in January and it is on course to open in the first few months of 2019.
Transport for NSW plans to award the tunnelling contract in the middle of 2017.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: “It’s full steam ahead on Sydney Metro.
“We’ve now taken the next step and opened expressions of interest for tunnelling, asking industry to partner with us in delivering this city-shaping project.”
She added: “The first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground before the end of 2018 to deliver new twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham, as we get on with the job of opening Sydney Metro City & Southwest by 2024.”
Image and video courtesy of Transport for NSW.