NSW Government appoints Laing O’Rourke to major transport project


A consortium between Laing O’Rourke and Gamuda Australia has been awarded a major transport project by the NSW Government, the Sydney Metro West – Western Tunnelling Package.

Sydney Metro West will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, transforming Sydney for generations to come. The project will reduce commuting times to around 20 minutes between the two centres, link new communities to rail services, and support employment growth and housing supply.

The AUD $2.16 billion Western Tunnelling Package scope includes:

  • Twin 9km tunnels from Sydney Olympic Park to Westmead;
  • A tunnel boring machine launch site at Rosehill, tunnelling first toward Sydney Olympic Park and relaunched from Rosehill toward Westmead;
  • Excavation for a services facility and crossover structure at Rosehill to allow provision for fresh air ventilation and emergency egress;
  • Tunnel portal and dive excavation at Clyde Services and Maintenance Facility;
  • Earthworks, retaining structures, drainage and utilities corridor for the Clyde Maintenance Facility;
  • Excavation and civil works for Parramatta and Westmead Stations; and
  • A segment manufacturing facility at Eastern Creek constructing over 60,000 segments.

Cathal O’Rourke, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke said: “We are proud to once again partner with the NSW Government to deliver a vital piece of infrastructure for Sydney Metro West.

“Laing O’Rourke and Gamuda share an innovation mindset and a commitment to people which will be at the heart of this successful consortium,” said Cathal.

Laing O’Rourke has a long track record in successfully delivering large projects throughout Australia, including Central Station Metro which forms part of the new Sydney Metro network.

It is this power of experience which the business will bring to the Western Tunnelling Package.

The consortium will ensure the benefits of this project are released through job creation, local and sustainable procurement as well as community partnerships for Western Sydney.

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