Three teams have been shortlisted to carry out major tunneling work on the Sydney Metro West project, linking Greater Parramatta to the Central Business District (CBD).
The underground railway will cut travel time between Parramatta and the CBD to 20 minutes, which the government believes will spur employment and housing.
The shortlisted consortia, who are competing for two big work packages, are:
- Acciona Australia and Ferrovial Australia
- Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Australia
- John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia.
The first package to be awarded is the building of 11km of twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.
The remaining two consortia will then bid for the Western Tunnelling Package, a 9km twin tunnel linking Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park.
The entire tunnelling project will create 10,000 direct jobs, and 70,000 indirect jobs.
Andrew Constance, NSW’s minister for transport, said: "The three shortlisted consortia have a wealth of Australian and international experience in delivering high quality infrastructure projects..
"We expect to be in a position to award the first contract by the middle of next year."
Work on the tunnels is due to begin in 2022.
Image: Render of the Westmead Platform (Turner & Townsend)