Sydney Metro Northwest
Breaking records in Australia
The Sydney Metro Northwest project is setting new benchmarks for rail construction in Australia. The 23km passenger train line is the largest public transport infrastructure project currently under construction in the country, and we’re helping make it a reality.
Date started: 2009
Completion date: Ongoing
Key services: Cost and commercial management
Scheduled for completion in late 2019, the new rapid transit system will:
- serve an area with a current population of over 360,000 – and forecasts suggest this could be more than 485,000 people by 2021
- provide a train at least every five minutes during peak times
- forecast to reduce car trips by 14 million soon after opening – this is about 12,000 fewer car trips in an average two-hour weekday morning peak. The reduction in car trips is forecast to increase to 20 million a year by 2036
- help create an estimated 145,000 additional jobs in the region by 2036 as the population grows
This includes the longest rail tunnels ever built in Australia, comprising 15km of dual tunnels running between the Sydney suburbs of Bella Vista and Epping. The work to create 2.8 million tonnes of crushed rock, and every bit will be reused, with nothing going to landfill.
Working as the cost advisors/planners since 2011, we form part of a multi-disciplinary project team involved in delivering an ambitious, complex scheme that will change the area forever. We were recently appointed to a delivery management role for the Operations, Trains and Systems PPP Contract.
- 23km passenger train line
- 15km dual tunnels between Sydney suburbs of Bella Vista and Epping
- 14 million predicted reduction in car trips per year after opening
- 145,000 additional jobs created as a result of the project in the region by 2036
Setting up for success - on the money, from the outset
We’ve been involved in the project from the start – assisting the project team to manage the project budget to demonstrate to the taxpayers they’re receiving maximum value for money.
Global standards of cost efficiency were achieved by benchmarking costs on an element-by-element basis with the best-in-class costs from comparable programs in our global portfolio.
Making the difference
- We mobilised knowledge and resources from our people working on the world’s most challenging publicly funded rail projects, including London’s Crossrail and Qatar Rail.
- Our specialist experience and data was required to assess the diverse range of construction techniques and technology including fully automated trains, a first for Australia; the elevated skytrain section; and the tunnel drives.
- An ambitious, affordable solution was developed, which will deliver a much-needed, reliable public transport service to a region which currently has the highest car ownership levels per household in Australia.
- Insight into rail PPP, for the operations, trains and systems contract, came from our serial involvement in projects around the world, allowing us to bring specialist knowledge.