New benchmarks set for project delivery in Australia.

The city-shaping phenomenon, Sydney Metro Northwest, has set new benchmarks for rail construction in Australia. The 36km rail track is part of the largest public transport project in the country and we’ve helped make it a reality. 

Key information

Location: Sydney

Date started: 2009

Completion date: 2019

Client type: Transport

Key services: Cost and commercial management

Sydney Metro Northwest is part of Australia’s largest public transport project and includes Sydney’s first underground metro system. This iconic metro project can carry 40,000 passengers per hour through a new high frequency train system incorporating eight new stations along approximately 15 kilometres of track; a four kilometre elevated ‘skytrain’ (viaduct) and the conversion of the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link.

This new world-class mass transit system will evolve with the city it will serve for generations to come. Sydney’s population will pass six million by 2036; an increase of 1.7 million people, which will support an extra 840,000 jobs and 680,000 homes. Sydney Metro will make it easier and faster to get around, boosting economic productivity by bringing jobs and educational opportunities closer to home.

This state-of-the-art landmark is not only enhancing the existing and emerging transport requirements of North West Sydney, it improves access to jobs and facilitates better delivery of services for people living in the corridor, while providing residents and tourists improved public transport options.

Our contribution

Fast-track procurement, effective data management and embedding the right culture have been key to the success of Australia's largest infrastructure project.

We have been working on this once-in-a-generation project on a continuous basis since the very early phases in 2011 when the project was known as North West Rail Link, preparing the capital cost for inclusion in the business case submission to state government.

In 2014, we were appointed to provide the commercial and controls, and project office for the Operations, Trains and System (OTS) contract. The OTS contract is a 15-year public-private partnership (PPP) project – not only the largest in New South Wales’ history, it is also the largest of the three Sydney Metro Northwest delivery contracts.

Our combined management function provided the assurance framework for cost, risk, and program and established the processes, systems and tools for the effective contract administration of the PPP contract.

Peter Hynd, Acting Project Director, Sydney Metro Northwest comments:

Turner & Townsend’s Contract, Commercial and Controls team has played an integral role in managing significant challenges, developing advanced mitigating strategies, and providing expert knowledge to ensure success for the Sydney Metro Northwest project.

The team has contributed in developing strong relationships with the Northwest Rapid Transit consortia and key stakeholders of the Operations, Trains and Systems PPP contract, and ensuring that the contract is managed in a way that positions Sydney Metro to meet its project objectives. 

Making the difference

  • We mobilised knowledge and resources from our people working on the world’s most challenging publicly funded rail projects.
  • 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 delivered a much-needed, reliable public transport service to a region that has some of the highest car ownership levels per household in Australia.
  • Insight into rail PPP, for the OTS contract, came from our serial involvement in projects around the world, allowing us to bring specialist knowledge and industry best practice.

Off the back of our work on Sydney Metro Northwest, we are working on the next stages of Sydney Metro including Sydney Metro City & Southwest and Sydney Metro West. 

For further information contact:

Nikki Ward
Associate Director, Marketing and Business Development

t: +61 (0)2 8245 0000