Sydney Metro has launched a tender process to find an operator for the Sydney Metro–Western Sydney Airport metro railway line that will service Greater Western Sydney and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
The winner of the contract will also be responsible for providing trains and fitting out all six stations for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project in Bringelly suburb.
The contract includes the construction of the six new rail stations, the supply of new driverless trains, the construction and operation of the stabling and maintenance facility at Orchard Hills as well as the operation of the Sydney Metro–Western Sydney Airport metro, including all maintenance work.
The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2022 and will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices.
The new metro line will have a length of 23 km served by six stations between St Marys and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, including two stations at the airport. The line will link residential areas with job hubs including the new Aerotropolis and connect travellers from the new airport to the entire public transport system of Sydney.
St Marys will be an interchange station providing the transport connection to the existing suburban railway (T1 Western Line) and connecting customers with the rest of Sydney’s rail system, while Orchard Hills station will service a future commercial and mixed-use precinct. Luddenham station will offer transport link to a future education, innovation and commercial area, and the two stations at the new airport will serve the airport terminal and at the airport business park.
At Orchard Hills, a stabling and maintenance facility and operational control centre would also be built along the alignment to support operation of metro rail.
In May, Sydney Metro has unveiled the two shortlisted companies to build the infrastructure with contract expected to be awarded at the beginning of 2022.
The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project is key part of delivering an integrated transport system for the Western Parkland City, as envisaged in Future Transport 2056 strategy.