Three major consortia shortlisted for two Sydney Metro West contracts

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Sydney Metro West is set to be constructed from Greater Parramatta to the Sydney CBD, creating 10000 direct and 70000 indirect jobs.

Three major consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first two major tunnelling packages for the project.

Due to the scale of the project, tunnelling and excavation works have been split into two packages between Westmead and the Sydney CBD.

The three consortia will first bid for the Central Tunnelling Package which includes the construction of 11 kilometres of twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.

From there, the remaining two consortia will again bid for the Western Tunnelling Package which includes building 9 kilometres of twin tunnels from Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park.

The following consortia have been shortlisted for two packages:

  • John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia Joint Venture (JHCPBG JV);
  • Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Australia Joint Venture (GALC JV); and
  • Acciona Australia and Ferrovial Australia Joint Venture (AF JV)


The successful consortia for the Central Tunnelling Package will not be eligible for the Western Tunnelling Package in a move Sydney Metro expects to drive greater competition in the delivery of Australian tunnelling infrastructure.

Sydney Metro West teams are now addressing community feedback raised as part of the project’s first Environmental Impact Statement.

Following planning approval, construction works are set to start in The Bays later this year. Then the first of four tunnel boring machines is expected to be in the ground before the end of 2022.

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