The contract includes a 270m cable-stayed bridge. It is the second of three major contracts awarded for the North West Rail Link. It follows June’s award of a AU$1.15bn contract to build Australia’s longest rail tunnels, 15km twin tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping.
The skytrain and new bridge would be the most visible elements of the 36km North West Rail Link project and a key priority has been to ensure final designs are integrated with their surroundings. “The skytrain means the rail line will not cut communities in two, instead people and cars will be free to move around and under it,” said New South Wales transport minister Gladys Berejiklian. “It’s full steam ahead as 16 construction sites are being set up right across the North West to deliver this project by the end of 2019.”
The third and final major contract – a public-private partnership to build the stations, operate the rail link and deliver Sydney’s new generation of single deck trains – will be awarded by the end of next year.