Sydney Metro West

Heavy Rail

Client: Transport for New South Wales
Location: Sydney CBD and West
Duration: 2016 – 2017
Project Value: $3.0 billion
Roles: Design Manager

In November 2016, the NSW Government announced the Sydney Metro West project – the city’s next underground metro railway. Connecting the Parramatta and Sydney central business districts, this once-in-a-century infrastructure investment will transform Sydney for generations to come; doubling rail capacity between these two areas, linking new communities to rail services and unlocking housing supply and employment growth between the two CBDs.

Sydney Metro West will service the key precincts of Greater Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays Precinct and the Sydney CBD. Following extensive community and industry consultation in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Sydney Metro West scope of works has been expanded and refined. It now includes:

  • a new underground metro station at Westmead, to support the growing residential area as well as the health, research and education precinct
  • a new metro station under an existing suburban station on the T1 Northern Line east of Sydney Olympic Park – allowing faster connections for customers from the Central Coast and Sydney’s north to Parramatta and Sydney through a quick and easy interchange between suburban and metro services
  • further consultation on new intermediate metro stations between Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park and between Olympic Park and the Sydney CBD
  • an underground interchange with an existing suburban station on the T1 Western Line either at Parramatta or Westmead
  • at least one Sydney Metro West station under the Sydney CBD, delivering an easy interchange between suburban rail, new light rail and the new metro stations currently under construction.

Engineering Design Management and Business case input

MCE is the client side Lead Design Manager for the Sydney Metro West project between the CBD and Parramatta. The role is to plan, and subsequently manage, the activities of the multidisciplinary Technical Advisor team to ensure that their outputs through the scoping and definition design stages support the Final Business Case submission to government.  Outputs include the provision of comprehensive and innovative solutions to manage technical, constructability and program risks and respond to the safety, community, budget and regeneration objectives of the metro scheme.

Key Successes and Outcomes

  • Business Case developed and approved, instigated industry best practises, now applied over the program