Laing O'Rourke Wins Sydney Rail Project

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A $36 million rail project in Sydney's north has been awarded to Laing O'Rourke.

The contract is for the Main North and North Shore Corridor Works. Awarded by Transport for NSW, the contract is worth $36,145,751. Enabling works kicked off in October last year.

Laing O'Rourke is the managing contractor on the job, which means they'll hold responsibility for subcontracting to earthmovers in Sydney and other construction needs. Principal Manager of Procurement at Transport for NSW, Sam Field, said, "as managing contractor, Laing O'Rourke would be responsible for further procurement decisions".

The majority of the works are due to be completed in late 2018 and early 2019. A brief summary of the works, along with their anticipated completion dates, is below:

  • Changes to the signalling interlocking area at Epping to segregate the ECRL from the Main North Line - due October 2018.
  • Changes to the signalling interlocking area at Chatswood to segregate the ECRL from the North Shore Line - due October 2018.
  • Upgrade of signalling along the North Shore Line, between Artarmon and Rosehill to capacity of 20 trains per hour - due December 2018.
  • Upgrade of HV and DC electrical systems - due March 2019.
  • Upgrade of signalling along the North Shore Line, between Waverton and Artarmon and Roseville and Waitara to capacity of 20 trains per hour - due December 2018.
  • Relocate Sydney train assets south of Chatswood - due June 2017.

The north Sydney rail project comes on the back of renewed calls for improved infrastructure in New South Wales' urban areas. A rapidly growing population is expected to place even more strain on Sydney's already under-serviced public transport networks. Improved foresight and investment that returns real value are the key to solving this dilemma, we just need somebody in power with the guts to make the big calls.

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Sources: Projectory, Wikipedia, Laing O'Rourke.

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